Maryland Legislature Effectively Kills the IDOT
The Maryland Senate’s passage of the widely debated and publicized Budget and Taxation bill effectively eliminates a long-used approach to avoid the current payment of mortgage recordation taxes on a commercial real estate loan. Rather than providing a direct deed of trust on the real estate to secure the loan, the property owner would create a related entity to act as borrower (usually a wholly owned subsidiary) and the property owner would guaranty the loan, securing the guaranty with an indemnity deed of trust (an “IDOT”). Under existing law, there is no current recordation tax on the IDOT. Effective July 1, 2012, Maryland’s recordation tax law will apply to IDOTs (except in the case of an IDOT securing a loan of less than $1,000,000 or to the extent recordation tax is paid on another instrument securing such loan). We expect this amendment to the recordation tax law to end the general use of IDOTs in Maryland, thereby increasing the cost of financing for most commercial real estate borrowers.