Stamp Duty has been a hot topic lately after Liz Truss announced in September that they were making cuts to Stamp Duty to encourage growth in the property market. It seems like this is short lived, however, when chancellor Jeremy Hunt recently announced that these changes will be reversed from April 2025. So, what do you need to know to take advantage of the discounted rates?
Stamp Duty, otherwise known as land transaction tax (SDLT), is a tax you only pay when:
- You buy a property, either outright or with a mortgage
- Exchange land or property in return for payment (e.g., taking on a mortgage or buying a share in a house)
- Buy a freehold or leasehold property
- Purchase property or land worth over £40,000
- Buy a property through the shared ownership scheme
These new changes to Stamp Duty will certainly encourage first time buyers in the UK and Northern Ireland, with the minimum cost of a property on which Stamp Duty will take effect rising from £300,000 to £425,000 for first time buyers and from £125,000 to £250,000 for all other buyers.
This means that in the UK, first time buyers are benefiting from discounted Stamp Duty rates if they are purchasing a property costing less than £625,000. If the cost of the property is above that, standard Stamp Duty rates apply.
First time buyers are due to see as much as a £6,250 saving on Stamp Duty alone, and everyone else may see up to £2,500. This will be a huge relief for many and could be the difference it takes for them to enter the housing market.
These changes are promising in making housing more affordable and may encourage new buyers to get on the housing ladder before the changes revert in April 2025.
Of course, if you are planning to buy a new home, do your research and ensure that you are paying the correct tax rates on your home. If you need support with this process, please contact us at Baron Grey and our experts can advise you on all your Property Law needs. Contact us for a free consultation by calling 020 8891 4311 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.