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Iowa - Dubuque County Gift Deed Form

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Dubuque County Gift Deed Form Page 1

Gift Deed Form - Dubuque County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 12/4/2020


Dubuque County Gift Deed Guide Page 1

Gift Deed Guide - Dubuque County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 1/7/2021


Dubuque County Completed Example of the Gift Deed Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Gift Deed Document - Dubuque County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 12/2/2020


*The Following Iowa and Dubuque County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Real Estate Transfer Declaration of Value

Real Estate Transfer Declaration of Value

According to Iowa law, a Declaration of Value, stating the full consideration paid in certain non-exempt real estate conveyances, must be submitted to the county recorder at the time a deed, contract, instrument, or other writing is presented for recording. A version to be filled in online as well as a print version of the form are available. Both include instructions, but make sure to consult the Detailed Filing Instructions as well.


Real Estate Transfer Groundwater Hazard Statement

Real Estate Transfer Groundwater Hazard Statement

This form must be presented to the county recorder when the document to be recorded is filed. The recorder shall forward the original to the transferee when the recorded instrument is returned.


Transfer Tax

Transfer Tax

This tax table lists transfer tax rates by amount of consideration.


Iowa Homestead Exemption

Iowa Homestead Exemption

If you are an Iowa resident property owner and live in the property for 6 months or longer each year, you may qualify for a Homestead exempition. This can reduce your property taxes.


Notary Certificates

Notary Certificates

The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by notaries in the state.


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Areas covered by these Gift Deed Forms:

  • Dubuque County

Including:

  • Bernard
  • Cascade
  • Dubuque
  • Durango
  • Dyersville
  • Epworth
  • Farley
  • Holy Cross
  • Luxemburg
  • New Vienna
  • Peosta
  • Sherrill
  • Worthington
  • Zwingle

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What is the Iowa Gift Deed?

Gifts of Real Property in Iowa

Gift deeds convey title to real property from one party to another with no exchange of consideration, monetary or otherwise. Often used to transfer property between family members or to gift property as a charitable act or donation, these conveyances occur during the grantor's lifetime. Gift deeds must contain language that explicitly states that no consideration is expected or required. Ambiguous language, or references to any type of consideration, can make the gift deed contestable in court.

A lawful gift deed includes the grantor's full name and marital status, as well as the grantee's full name, marital status, vesting information, and mailing address. Vesting describes how the grantee holds title to the property. Generally, real property is owned in either sole ownership or co-ownership. For Iowa residential property, the primary methods for holding title are tenancy in common and joint tenancy. An estate conveyed to two or more people who are not married to each other is considered a tenancy in common unless otherwise specified. A conveyance to a married couple vests as joint tenancy with rights of survivorship unless otherwise stated (Iowa Code 557.15).

As with any conveyance of realty, a gift deed requires a complete legal description of the parcel. Recite the source of title to maintain a clear chain of title, and detail any restrictions associated with the property. The deed must be signed by the grantor and acknowledged by an individual authorized to take acknowledgements. All signatures must be original.

In Iowa, most conveyances of real property require a Declaration of Value. Because a gift deed transfers real property from one party to another with no exchange of consideration, however, it is exempt from this requirement (Iowa Code 428A.2(21)). Record the completed gift deed in the recorder's office of the county where the subject property is located. Contact the same office to confirm recording fees and accepted forms of payment.

With gifts of real property, the recipient of the gift (grantee or donee) is not required to declare the amount of the gift as income, but if the property accrues income after the transaction, the grantee is responsible for paying the requisite state and federal income tax [1].

In Iowa, there is no state gift tax, but gifts of real property are subject to the federal gift tax. The person or entity making the gift (grantor or donor) is responsible for paying the federal gift tax; however, if the donor does not pay the gift tax, the donee (grantee) will be held liable [1]. For questions regarding state and federal tax laws, consult a tax specialist.

In accordance with federal law, individuals are permitted an annual exclusion of $15,000 on gifts. This means that gifts valued below $15,000 do not require a federal gift tax return (Form 709). However, if the gift's value could possibly be disputed by the IRS, a donor may benefit from filing a Form 709 [2].

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Contact an Iowa lawyer with any questions about gift deeds or other issues related to the transfer of real property.

[1] http://msuextension.org/publications/FamilyFinancialManagement/MT199105HR.pdf

[2] https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/frequently-asked-questions-on-gift-taxes

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