Posted 26 Jan 2016
If you purchased a property for £150,000 you would incur 3% stamp duty up to the first £125,000, followed by 5% on £125,000 to £250,000 (e.g.: 3% of £125,000 + 5% on the £25,000 difference = £3,750 + £1,250 = £5,000 SDLT to pay). As the value of the property increases, the amount due increases in line with a specific tax bracket, the percentages increasing once a higher tier value is established.
Stamp Duty charges must be settled with HMRC 30 days from the property transaction completion date, or you may risk being fined. Your solicitor or legal adviser should take ownership of this for you to make certain the deadline is not missed. Certain buyers opt to add on the SDLT figure to their mortgage loan. We recommend that you always seek further advice from your mortgage lender.
Stamp Duty is incurred by everyone purchasing a freehold, leasehold or shared ownership residential property that exceeds £125,000 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (other rules apply to Land and Buildings Transactions Tax in Scotland), if it’s a property used as a primary residence and with no minimum if the property or land is a second home/investment. These regulations also apply to overseas buyers.
by Luke Golding