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Stamp duty relief for first time buyers to end on 24th March 2012

The UK government has announced that the existing stamp duty land tax relief for first time buyers, will not be continued after 24th March 2012.

This news is seen as a fairly big blow to the UK property market and could have a negative impact with many first time property buyers having to find the extra 1% on their transaction price for the stamp duty land tax. The chancellor George Osborne, has also indicated that there will be two new stamp duty pricing brackets aimed at more expensive houses and people who buy their property using a company to avoid paying the stamp duty land tax.

The new 7% and 15% stamp duty

As of the 22nd March 2012, any property being purchased that is valued over £2 million, will be subject to a 7% stamp duty land tax. Any property that is valued over £2 million and is being purchased by a company, will be subject to 15% stamp duty land tax. The chancellor has introduced these brackets that will take effect on the 22nd March 2012. He has introduced these brackets as he feels people that buy more expensive homes, should contribute more. He has also introduced the 15% bracket to combat any stamp duty land tax avoidance, when people purchase these higher priced homes.

The current stamp duty land tax rates

The table below shows the current stamp duty land tax percentages in place for property transactions occurring up until midnight on the 24th March 2012.

Purchase Price / Lease Premium or Transfer Value Property Owner Stamp Duty % First Time Buyer Stamp Duty %
£0 - £125,000 0 0
£125,001 - £250,000 1 0
£250,001 - £500,000 3 3
£500,001 - £1,000,000 4 4
£1,000,001 plus 5 5

The new stamp duty land tax rates for 2012

On the 22nd March 2012 and after midnight on the 24th March 2012, the following stamp duty land tax rates will come into effect.

Purchase Price / Lease Premium or Transfer Value Property Owner Stamp Duty % First Time Buyer Stamp Duty %
£0 - £125,000 0 0
£125,001 - £250,000 1 1 (effective 25th March 2012)
£250,001 - £500,000 3 3
£500,001 - £1,000,000 4 4
£1,000,001 - £2,000,000 5 5
£2,000,000 plus (effective 22nd March 2012) 7 7
£2,000,000 plus and purchasing using a company (effective 22nd March 2012) 15 15

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You can also workout and calculate your stamp duty liability using our handy stamp duty calculator.

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