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Stamp Duty Holiday: The Silver Lining of 2020

It is not the holiday any of us expected to have this summer but chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a stamp duty holiday on 8 July for properties in England and Northern Ireland.

It is hoped that the changes, which will be in place until 31 March 2021 will provide a boost to the property market and make it easier for buyers to purchase a home following the coronavirus crisis. 

What is stamp duty?

In England and Northern Ireland, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is paid when you buy a property or land over a certain price.

The rate at which the tax is paid depends on the price and type of the property.

The previous threshold was £125,000 for residential properties and £150,000 for non-residential land and properties. 

What is the stamp duty holiday?

The government has temporarily increased the stamp duty threshold to £500,000.

This means if you purchase a property worth up to £500,000 between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021, you will not pay stamp duty. 

How much will I save?

The stamp duty holiday could save buyers up to £15,000, if they purchase a property above £500,000.

  • £200,000 property value – £1500 saving
  • £300,000 property value – £5000 saving
  • £400,000 property value – £10,000 saving
  • £500,000 property value – £15,000 saving

Source: HM Revenue and Customs

Will the stamp duty holiday apply to second homes?

If you are buying a second property or a property on a buy-to-let basis, you will still benefit from the increased £500,000 threshold. However, you will have to pay the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge which applies to second homes unless the new home you are buying will be your main residence.

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