What is stamp duty and how is it calculated?
'Stamp Duty Land Tax' (SDLT) is a tax due when buying property and land in England, Northern Ireland and Wales if the property is over £500,000 (separate Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland). If you purchase a residential property between 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021, you only start to pay SDLT on the amount that you pay for the property above £500,000. These rates apply whether you are buying your first home or have owned property before.
|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%|
From 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 the special rules for first time buyers are replaced by the reduced rates set out above.