Stamp duty refunds scam

Over the past few years, there have been some interesting opportunities for making claims for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) refund claims. It should be noted that to be successful, these claims must meet quite specific criteria. For example, there may

Increased rates for second homes in Wales

The Welsh government has announced that it is increasing the maximum amount that local authorities can charge as a council tax premium on second homes and long-term empty properties from 100% to 300%. The new policy is set to come into effect from

SDLT concerns transferring a property to a company

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a tax that is generally payable on the purchase or transfer of land and property in England, and Northern Ireland. Wales and Scotland set their own Stamp Duty taxes. It is also payable in respect of certain lease

Valuing property for ATED

The Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) is a tax payable by certain Non-Natural Persons (NNPs) that own interests in dwellings valued at more than £500,000. These provisions affect certain companies, partnerships with company members and

SDLT change for mixed use buildings

HMRC’s published guidance on the application of the 3% higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has been updated. The higher rates of SDLT were introduced on 1 April 2016 and apply to purchases of additional residential property such as buy to let

Property nil-rate thresholds raised in Scotland and Wales

The Scottish and Welsh governments have both confirmed increases in their respective nil-rate thresholds for stamp duty purposes. This follows the announcement of an increase in the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) nil-rate band in England and Northern