California State Tax Update on Withholding on Sale of California Real Estate!
According to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB), "for transactions occurring on or after January 1, 2007, that require withholding, a seller of California real estate may elect an alternative to withholding 3 1/3 percent of the total sales price."
Further, the FTB states that "the seller may elect an alternative withholding amount based on the maximum tax rate for individuals, corporations, or banks and financial corporations, as applied to the gain on the sale. The seller is required to certify under penalty of perjury the alternative withholding amount to the Franchise Tax Board."
Also, the FTB states that "for real estate installment sales, if a buyer receives a seller’s certification as to an alternative withholding election, the buyer would be required to withhold either the full alternative withholding amount at the time of sale or an alternative withholding percentage on the amount of each installment payment."