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A flip tax is a fee paid by a seller or buyer on a housing co-op transaction typically in New York City. It is not a tax, and not deductible as a property tax. It is a transfer fee payable upon the sale of an apartment to the co-op.
Flip taxes are considered a method to help raise money for a co-op's overhead expenses without raising the maintenance fees or assessing flat charge to all residences. Charging the fee to those who are leaving the building seems to be the most politically feasible.
Types of flip taxes:
The imposition of flip taxes in New York City has been supported in the courts. The New York State Legislature in July 1986 acted on a proposal from the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums and defined in what way co-ops could legally impose these fees. Specifically, the law allows such an assessment: