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“DC recordation tax?”

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“Dear PoPville,

We did a cash-out refinance in DC and were charged a recordation tax (“state mortgage tax / stamps to hold for recording”) in addition to the recordation fee. It seems to us that we shouldn’t have been charged the tax. Can real estate lawyers in the Popville cotillion help us either be convinced we were correctly charged the tax or prove to our lender and settlement company why this was incorrect? This is for an owner-occupied home in DC with no other units. Any help you all can provide would be greatly appreciated!

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