Summer Statement 2020 – Stamp Duty Land Tax changes

8 July 2020

As part of a number of measures to alleviate the impact of coronavirus on the economy, the Chancellor has announced a temporary change to the rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax for individuals and companies purchasing residential property in England and Northern Ireland.  

If you complete a residential property purchase between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021, you will pay 0% on the first £500,000 of value of the property. The new rates will apply whether you are a first time buyer or have previously owned an interest in residential property. The effect of the changes is that most purchases of residential property valued at under £500,000 will pay no SDLT and those purchasing property worth more than this amount will also benefit from substantial tax savings.

The new rates are as follows:

Property or lease premium or transfer value SDLT rate
up to £500,000 Zero
the next £425,000 (the portion from £500,001 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%

The 3% higher rate for purchases of additional dwellings applies on top of the revised rates for purchases between 8 July 2020 and 3 March 2021.  

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