Q: I've a will specifying my 2 cars go to a friend on my death. Will the friend have to pay taxes to receive the vehicles?
I am divorced, cars are titled in my name only and fully paid for, no liens. I reside in Michigan. Michigan SOS (DMV) advised heir will have to pay sales tax - seems strange. Is this correct? My house will transfer without fees on my death.
A: The Secretary of State is correct in this case. Only transfers of title between immediate family members are exempt from the 6% tax. If your friend is to receive the vehicles, he or she will need to pay that 6% tax.
A: I agree with the prior answer. Also, you mentioned that your house will transfer without fees on your death. That may be the case if you've signed a lady bird deed. But if not, then there may be real estate transfer tax that will need to be paid upon transfer of the house to the new owner.
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