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Stamp Duty Land Tax when Buying a Property

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) replaced the old stamp duty system on 1 December 2003 and is a direct tax payable on the purchase or transfer of property or land in the UK where the amount paid is over a certain threshold. The amount you pay depends upon a number of things such as: 

  • Whether the land is residential or non-residential.
  • Whether the property is freehold or leasehold
  • Whether there are other linked transactions
  • Whether it is a purchase of a property or the transfer of a property that you already jointly own 

How is Stamp Duty Land Tax calculated? 

The current rates are: 

  • No tax on the first £125,000
  • 2% on the portion between £125,000 and £250,000
  • 5% on the portion between £250,000 and £925,000
  • 10% on the portion between £925,000 and £1.5 million
  • 12% on everything above £1.5 million 

Do I always have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax when buying a property? 

There are exemptions such as transactions where no money changes hands (gifts) and property left in a will. Our expert team of property lawyers can advise you whether you will need to pay SDLT or whether you will be entitled to any reliefs or exemptions. 

Contact our conveyancing solicitors 

For further advice from our experienced team contact us today.  With years of experience behind us we give a friendly and professional service that ensures all of your residential property dealings are SDLT compliant. 

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