What is Stamp Duty?
Stamp Duty (SDLT) is the tax charged by the Government which you pay on completion of a new home.
Following major changes in July 2020, if you purchase and complete on a residential property in England between 8th July 2020 and 31st March 2021 as your main residence, you will have no SDLT to pay on properties up to £500,000 and for homes over £500,000 you will save £15,000. These rates apply whether you are buying your first home or have owned property before.
As of the 1st April 2018, Stamp Duty in Wales is now referred to as Land Transaction Tax (LTT). The Welsh Government announced changes in July to the Land Transaction Tax threshold meaning you do not have to have LTT on properties up to £250,000. This change will take effect on 27 July 2020 until 31st March 2021 and does not apply to second homes.
How does it work?
The percentage of Stamp Duty will be applied to the proportion of the property price within each tax band.
If you are buying a second home or for investment, there is an additional 3% charge on each bracket.
Stamp Duty payable on properties in England until 31st March 2021:
|Stamp Duty %|
|£0 – £500,000||0%|
|£500,001 – £925,000||5%|
|£925,001 – £1.5m||10%|
Land Transaction Tax (LTT) payable on properties in Wales:
|£0 – £180,000||0%|
|£180,001 – £250,000||0%|
|£250,001 – £400,000||5%|
|£400,001 – £750,000||7.5%|
|£750,001 – £1.5million||10%|