Stamp duty & land taxes

Stamp Duty

When you buy shares, you usually pay a tax or duty of 0.5% on the transaction. If you buy shares electronically Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (SDRT) is payable. For shares purchased using a stock transfer form, you will pay Stamp Duty if the transaction is over £1,000.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

SDLT is payable on land and property transactions in England and Northern Ireland.

Property transactions in Scotland are subject to Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).

Property transactions in Wales are subject to Land Transaction Tax (LTT).

Residential property

The rates apply to the portion of the total value which falls within each band.

Consideration (£)Rate (%)
0 - 125,0000
125,001 - 250,0002
250,001 - 925,0005
925,001 - 1,500,00010
1,500,001 and above12

These rates may be increased by 3% where further residential properties, costing over £40,000, are acquired.

First-time Buyer Relief

First-time buyers may be eligible for first time buyer relief on purchases of residential property up to £500,000. The rates apply to the portion of the total value which falls within each band.

Consideration (£)Rate (%)
0 - 300,0000
300,001 - 500,0005
Over 500,000Normal rates apply

Non-residential property

The rates apply to the portion of the total value which falls within each band.

Consideration (£)Rate (%)
0 - 150,0000
150,001 - 250,0002
Over 250,0005

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is payable on land and property transactions in Scotland.

Residential property

Consideration (£)Rate (%)
0 - 145,0000
145,001 - 250,0002
250,001 - 325,0005
325,001 - 750,00010
750,001 and above12

The rates apply to the portion of the total value which falls within each band.

Rates may be increased by 4% (3% prior to 25 January 2019) where further residential properties, costing over £40,000, are acquired.

First-time buyer relief raises the zero tax threshold for first-time buyers from £145,000 to £175,000.

Non-residential property

Consideration (£)Rate (%)
0 - 150,0000
150,001 - 250,0001
Over 250,0005

The rates apply to the portion of the total value which falls within each band. Different rates and bands applied prior to 25 January 2019.

Land Transaction Tax

Land Transaction Tax (LTT) is payable on land and property transactions in Wales.

Residential property

Consideration (£)Rate (%)
0 - 180,0000
180,001 - 250,0003.5
250,001 - 400,0005
400,001 - 750,0007.5
750,001 - 1,500,00010
1,500,000 and above12

The rates apply to the portion of the total value which falls within each band. Rates may be increased by 3% where further residential properties, costing over £40,000, are acquired.

Non-residential property

Consideration (£)Rate (%)
0 - 150,0000
150,000 - 250,0001
250,001 - 1,000,0005
Over 1,000,0006

The rates apply to the portion of the total value which falls within each band.

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