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Quirky NYC Tax Fact of the Day: The Magic $500K

Here's a dirty little tax secret, via the Times today, which certainly hasn't hurt the city's finances over the past few years, and it has to do with the magical, mystical half-million-dollar mark. Tax attorneys out there, try to look surprised:

Unlike the income tax rate, which declines when applied to lower incomes, the higher real estate transaction tax rate applies to the full sale price. So if a home sells for just a few dollars more than $500,000, the seller must pay 42 percent more in transaction taxes on the entire amount, not just the portion that exceeds the half-million-dollar mark.
We'd love to know what the average one-bedroom was going for when that limbo bar went up.
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