Bulletin: NY000142

Date:
July 02, 1997
To:
All New York State Office Counsel, Managers and Agents
RE:
New York City Annual Vault Charge (Vault Tax) Not To Be Imposed On or After 6/1/98

Dear Associates:

Pursuant to Local Law 47, signed by Mayor Guiliani last week, the annual vault charge affecting vault spaces under or abutting properties located within the City of New York, will not be imposed on or after June 1, 1998. The charge was apparently viewed by the present Administration as being a "nuisance" tax, and as such an impediment to the promotion of the City of New York as a "business friendly" environment. A copy of the Local Law is available through the New York City Office.

Please note, however, that presently outstanding vault charges for prior years as well as those entered on June 1, 1997 for the 1997 tax year, continue to be effective and enforceable against properties on which they have been assessed and will remain effective until they are paid, canceled or otherwise discharged.

Notwithstanding the caution that should be exercised regarding present and past due vault charges, the repeal of the "vault tax" is, in our opinion, a positive development. It removes one more impediment to the real estate closing process in New York City, and conveys the message that the City of New York is a great place to do business.

Should you have any questions, please contact Company Counsel.

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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Forms:
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