Finance Bill Tracking Service 2010 | Budget 2010

BN25 STAMP DUTY LAND TAX: FIRST TIME BUYERS

Who is likely to be affected?

1. First time purchasers of residential property.

General description of the measure

2. Legislation in Finance Bill 2010 will introduce relief from stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for purchases of residential property at up to £250,000 where the purchaser or all the purchasers are first time buyers and intend to occupy the property as their only or main home. This relief is time-limited to two years.

Operative date

3. The new relief will be available for residential purchases where the effective date (normally the date of completion) is on or after 25 March 2010 and before 25 March 2012.

Current law and proposed revisions

4. At present the SDLT rate is 1 per cent for residential purchases where the consideration is more than £125,000 and up to £250,000. Finance Bill 2010 will provide relief for residential purchases where the consideration is more than £125,000 but not more than £250,000 and the purchaser or all the purchasers have not previously acquired such property.

Further advice

5. If you have any questions about this change, please contact the Stamp Taxes Helpline on 0845 603 0135. Information about Budget measures is available on the HM Revenue & Customs website at www.hmrc.gov.uk