*1. Except in accordance with proper judicial order or as otherwise provided by law, it shall be unlawful for the treasurer or any officer or employee of the county or town, including any person engaged or retained on an independent contract basis, to divulge or make known in any manner the particulars set forth or disclosed in any return required under a local law enacted pursuant to this article. However, that nothing in this section shall prohibit the recording officer from making a notation on an instrument effecting a conveyance indicating the amount of tax paid. No recorded instrument effecting a conveyance shall be considered a return for purposes of this section.
Terms Used In N.Y. Tax Law 1439-O*2
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Conveyance: means the transfer or transfers of any interest in real property by any method, including but not limited to, sale, exchange, assignment, surrender, mortgage foreclosure, transfer in lieu of foreclosure, option, trust indenture, taking by eminent domain, conveyance upon liquidation or by a receiver, or transfer or acquisition of a controlling interest in any entity with an interest in real property. See N.Y. Tax Law 1439-A*2
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Grantee: means the person who obtains real property or interest therein as a result of a conveyance. See N.Y. Tax Law 1439-A*2
- Grantor: means the person making the conveyance of real property or interest therein. See N.Y. Tax Law 1439-A*2
- Person: means an individual, partnership, limited liability company, society, association, joint stock company, corporation, estate, receiver, trustee, assignee, referee or any other person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, whether appointed by a court or otherwise, any combination of individuals, and any other form of unincorporated enterprise owned or conducted by two or more persons. See N.Y. Tax Law 1439-A*2
- Recording officer: means the county clerk of the county of Columbia. See N.Y. Tax Law 1439-A*2
- Tax: shall mean the real estate transfer tax imposed pursuant to section fourteen hundred thirty-nine-b of this article or, if the
context clearly indicates, shall mean the real estate transfer tax imposed pursuant to article thirty-one of this chapter. See N.Y. Tax Law 1439-A*2
- Town: means the town of Chatham, county of Columbia. See N.Y. Tax Law 1439-A*2
- Treasurer: means the treasurer of the county of Columbia. See N.Y. Tax Law 1439-A*2
2. The officers charged with the custody of such returns shall not be required to produce any of them or evidence of anything contained in them in any action or proceeding in any court, except on behalf of the county or town in any action or proceeding involving the collection of a tax due under a local law enacted pursuant to this article to which such county or town is a party, or a claimant, or on behalf of any party to any action or proceeding under the provisions of a local law enacted pursuant to this article when the returns or facts shown thereby are directly involved in such action or proceeding, in any of which events the court may require the production of, and may admit in evidence, so much of said returns or of the facts shown thereby, as are pertinent to the action or proceeding and no more.
3. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit the delivery to a grantor or grantee of an instrument effecting a conveyance or the duly authorized representative of a grantor or grantee of a certified copy of any return filed in connection with such instrument or to prohibit the publication of statistics so classified as to prevent the identification of particular returns and the items thereof, or the inspection by the legal representatives of such county or town of the return of any taxpayer who shall bring action to set aside or review the tax based thereon.
4. Any officer or employee of such county or town who willfully violates the provisions of this section shall be dismissed from office and be incapable of holding any public office in this state for a period of five years thereafter.
* NB Repealed December 31, 2027
* NB There are 3 § 1439-o’s