Understanding Stamp Duty

Many of you many know that Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a tax payable when you buy property or land over a certain price. Stamp Duty was introduced in 1694 as a way to raise monies for war against France. SDLT has of course, changed quite substantially since then and in 1997 bands were introduced which dictate the amount of SDLT that is payable and when. The current SLDT amounts came about in 2014 and are as follows: –

Price of property SDLT payable
Up to £250,000 Zero
The next £675,000 (the portion from £250,001 to £925,000) 5%
The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million) 10%
The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million) 12%


Of course, like many things in the law, there are certain exceptions to the rule. For example:

Second home If you are buying a second home, a holiday home or an investment property for example, you will be required to pay an additional 3% SDLT on top of the sum mentioned above.

First time buyer If you are a first time buyer, you will pay no SDLT on any property that you are purchasing for less than £300,000, the next £200,000 is charged at a rate of 5%.

Gifting a property Be careful, you might think that because no money is changing hands, no SDLT will be payable. However, SLDT is payable on the “consideration” which is not always limited to money. For example, if you are taking over a mortgage on a property, this is likely to be considered as “consideration” and so, SDLT will be payable.

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