How Much Money Will The Stamp Duty Changes Save Me?10th Jul 2020
Discover how much you will save with Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Stamp Duty holiday…
First Time Buyers
Like most other buyers, you will pay no Stamp Duty on properties up to £500,000 in value.
You will pay 3% of the purchase price on properties up to £500,000. (Previously the 3% bracket stopped at £125,000.)
These are no different to regular homes.
If the person purchasing a buy-to-let property does not own any other property (ie, they live in their parents’ home) then they will be treated as regular buyers. They will pay 0% Stamp Duty up to £500,000.
But if they already own a home, this will be classed a second property and they will be subject to the 3% extra in Stamp Duty.
As with buy-to-let, if the person buying doesn’t own another property then they will benefit from 0% Stamp Duty up to £500,000.
However, if they already own a home then this will be classed a second property and they will be subject to the 3% extra in Stamp Duty.
Homes Valued At More Than £500,000
For properties costing more than £500,000, the Stamp Duty bands are unchanged. But you will still make a saving of £15,000 on the first £500,000.
So if you bought a £600,000 property for example, you'd pay £5,000 Stamp Duty (5% of the £100,000 above the threshold). Before the changes were announced, you would have had to pay £20,000.
Important Note: The Stamp Duty cut applies to properties purchased between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021. You cannot claim back the Stamp Duty if you completed on 7 July 2020 for example.
And with regard to second homes and buy-to-let properties, the distinction is between the number of homes held at the point of completion – regardless of what that home is then used for.
If you want to save money, then you should start looking to buy as soon as possible – you have to complete by 31 March 2021.
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