Welcome to the PT-61 E-filing project. The Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) is not a property tax. It is an excise tax on transactions involving the sale of real property where title to the property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. Before a deed, security instrument, or other writing can be recorded in the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court, the real estate transfer tax must be paid. Once the tax has been paid, the Clerk of the Superior Court, or their deputy, will attach to the deed, instrument or other writing a certification that the tax has been paid.
Formerly a filer (typically a real estate closing attorney) completed one multi-part PT-61 form and submitted that paper form to the Clerk as part of the deed filing package. In the new eFiling process, the filer simply logs on to the Authority web site from their office and completes the "form" on-line. The screens look different to the filer but they are simply organized by the type of information being entered, i.e. buyer's name; seller's name; property information, etc. The process is simple and fast, taking less than three minutes, and the information is stored in a database immediately, then held as "inactive". After the filer completes the form on-line, they print a copy of the results to file in the Clerk's office along with the deed documents. This single page printed form replaces the multi-page form that was formerly used, and only one PT 61 form is to be filed with each applicable deed. The printed forms look virtually the same as the old forms, but the eFiling print will have a unique reference number at the top right corner.
You can fill out your PT-61 form using our PT-61 eFiling Portal.