Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his ‘Plan for Jobs’ to Parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2020 to outline how the government will boost job creation in the UK.

The speculation and rumours were true as a temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) holiday was announced. It started immediately covering the period from 8 July 2020 until 31 March 2021 inclusive.

The holiday means that purchasers of residential properties can significantly reduce their liabilities by up to £15,000. The most significant change is no SDLT is chargeable on purchases up to £500,000 and the special rules for first time
buyers are replaced by the rates below.

The temporary SDLT rates are:

Property or lease premium or transfer value SDLT rate
Up to £500,000 0%
The next £425,000 5%
The next £575,000 10%
The remaining amount 12%

The changes are applicable for all purchasers of residential property, including companies and if the purchase is a second home. The 3% surcharge is still applicable at each of the new banding levels:

Property or lease premium or transfer value SDLT rate
Up to £500,000 3%
The next £425,000 8%
The next £575,000 13%
The remaining amount 15%

The tax savings will apply to properties which are eligible for residential reliefs. SDLT is a specialist area and advice should always be obtained before submitting a claim. Hillier Hopkins LLP have extensive experience here and can assist
with determining if your purchase qualifies for a valuable relief and whether the claim will be successful. If you are unsure about an upcoming purchase please contact our expert below.

Here are some useful links:

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT): Q&A

Our Q&A relate to the purchase of residential properties by individuals and are ones we answer on a daily basis. To see the most frequently asked questions click here.

Do you need extra information?

Simon Cyna - Mixed Tax Senior at Hillier Hopkins

Simon has a vast amount of knowledge and experience covering all taxes but specialises in SDLT queries and general/advisory tax queries.

Contact Simon at or on +44 (0)1923 634 258

Based at the following office - Watford