What is 'Stamp Duty' or 'LBTT'?

Stamp Duty Tax in England | Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland

When you buy a property in Scotland or England, you usually pay tax on it. In England, this tax is known as 'Stamp Duty' whilst in Scotland, this is now known as 'Land and Buildings Transaction Tax' (or LBTT). 

Stamp duty can add thousands of pounds onto a homebuyer's costs, but Cala is here to help you understand and calculate the cost depending on whether this is your first, next or an additional property, and depending on the price of the property you hope to buy. 

Stamp Duty cuts explained

The reduction in Stamp Duty rate will apply to England and Northern Ireland only.

The government has announced a cut to Stamp Duty Tax, meaning you could save on your move.

The threshold at which the tax falls due has been raised to £250,000 (from £125,000).

Meanwhile the threshold for first-time buyers has been increased to £425,000 (from £300,000).

The value of the property on which first-time buyers can claim Stamp Duty relief on has risen to £625,000 (from £500,000).

If you already own a home and are buying an additional property, you will pay Stamp Duty at a different rate. Different rates apply in Scotland under the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, and in Wales with the Land Transaction Tax.


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