The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has today announced an immediate change to the Stamp Duty Land Tax threshold. Anyone buying a residential property of up to £500,000 will pay no stamp duty, whether they are a first time buyer, or if they have owned property before*. The "Stamp Duty Holiday" will be in effect until 31 March 2021 so don't delay, register your property requirements with Pygott & Crone today!
The Stamp Duty Holiday is a welcome boost to the housing market and offers a substantial saving to buyers, whether they are buying their first home or are getting back on the property ladder having owned property in the past. First Time Buyers previously did not have to pay stamp duty on purchases up to £300,000 and this has now increased to £500,000. Stamp duty is calculated at different rates on “portions” of the purchase price.
The new thresholds are as follows:
Up to £500,000 – zero stamp duty
£500,001-£925,000 – 5% stamp duty
£925,001-£1,500,000 – 10% stamp duty
£1,500,000 and above – 12% stamp duty
For example the average purchase price in the UK of £248,000 now represents a saving of £2,460*
For your reference, previously only the portion up to 125k was zero rated, 2% was payable on the portion 125-250k, 5% on 250-925k, 10% on 925k-1.5m, and 12% thereafter. So how much have you saved? We’ve produced some illustrative examples below:
Purchasing a £200,000 house
Before: £1,500 stamp duty payable (zero on the 0-125k portion; £1,500 on the 125-250k portion)
Now: zero, a saving of £1,500
Purchasing a £400,000 property
Before: £10,000 stamp duty payable (zero on the 0-125k portion; £2,500 on the 125-250k portion, £7,500 on the 250-925k portion)
Now: zero, a saving of £10,000
Purchasing a £600,000 property
Before: £20,000 stamp duty payable (zero on the 0-125k portion; £2,500 on the 125-250k portion, £7,500 on the 250-925k portion)
Now: £5,000, a saving of £15,000
These above examples assume an individual buying a residential property that will be their only property, and are for illustrative purposes only. You can check how much stamp duty you are likely to pay using the Government’s stamp duty calculator and you should always check your stamp duty liability and any other costs due with your solicitor or conveyancer.
* For people buying an additional property, the 3% higher rate still applies but this still represents a saving.
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