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STAMP DUTY
LAND TAX

Avoid over-paying for your SDLT duty when purchasing new property or land.

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is imposed on property or land purchases in England and Northern Ireland, applying to transactions above a specified price threshold. The tax rates vary depending on whether the property is residential or non-residential. Due to its intricate self-assessment process, SDLT is often calculated incorrectly.

SDLT is calculated in tiers, with different rates applying to different portions of the property price. First-time buyers, as well as those purchasing additional properties such as second homes or buy-to-let investments, may face different thresholds and rates for residential properties. Non-residential and mixed-use properties also have unique SDLT rates and thresholds.

Understanding SDLT is crucial for budgeting during a property purchase, as it represents a significant additional expense. At Approved, we offer expert tax guidance to help navigate SDLT complexities and ensure compliance with tax regulations. Our aim is to assist you in managing your finances effectively throughout the property acquisition process.

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Qualifying for Stamp Duty Land Tax

Purchase Price Threshold:

Businesses must consider the property's purchase price, as SDLT applies to transactions above certain thresholds. Rates and thresholds differ for residential and non-residential properties.

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Property Type:

The SDLT rate varies based on the property type—residential, non-residential, or mixed-use. Businesses must correctly categorise their property to determine the right tax rate.

Transaction Structure:

The structure of the transaction—leases, transfers, or purchases—affects SDLT liability. Businesses must ensure all parts of the transaction are accurately assessed for SDLT.​

Reliefs and Exemptions:

Businesses may qualify for SDLT reliefs and exemptions, like Multiple Dwellings Relief or Charitable Relief. Applying these can lower overall SDLT liability.​

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Stamp Duty Land Tax Rates

Stamp Duty is structured into multiple rate bands. The tax is calculated based on the portion of the property purchase price that falls within each band. If you are purchasing your main property and it costs more than £250,000, you will be liable to pay Stamp Duty, unless you qualify as a first-time buyer.

Amount of Tax Chargable:

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Non-residential or Mixed-use Rates:

How Do SDLT Overpayments Occur?

Classification errors regarding property and the lack of awareness regarding available exemptions and reliefs often lead people to overpay SDLT at a significant rate. Publicly available tools for SDLT calculations are only indicative and do not consider all factors. These tools are widely utilised by professionals in the property sector, resulting in a 25% error rate in calculations. Some of our clients have successfully reduced their Stamp Duty costs by up to 80%.

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