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Wales Stamp Duty reform

Wednesday 04 October 2017

The Welsh Government have announced a new land tax system which will see relief for properties sold for less that £150,000.

From next April, Wales will be scrapping stamp duty and replacing it with Land Transaction Tax - and with the new title comes new thresholds.

During his draft budget for 2018, Finance Secretary for Wales Mark Drakeford announced the introduction of the first Welsh-only tax in almost 800 years.

The progressive move means that nine out of ten buyers will now pay the same or less in tax than they currently do, with homes priced at the lower end of the scale (up to £150,000) seeing a tax break and paying no land tax at all.

But whilst buyers purchasing homes for less than £250,000 will benefit from paying up to £500 less in tax, those buying property in excess of £400,000 will pay more than their counterparts in England. Land tax for homes over £400,000 has soared to 7.5 per cent. This means that in some cases, a buyer in Wales could end up paying over £17,000 more in tax than a buyer of a similarly-priced property in England.

Buyers purchasing a £500,000 home in Wales will pay £17,500 in land tax, compared to £15,000 for the same property in England. For a £600,000 home, the bill in Wales would be £25,000, compared with £20,000 in England. And for a £750,000 house, the tax bill in Wales would be £36,250, whereas buyers in England would pay only £27,500.

However it is the homes selling for over £750,000 where the fee is really set to climb, to a whopping 10 percent, and properties in excess of £1.5m have attracted a new rate of 12 per cent.

NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive, Mark Hayward said:

“This is a welcome move for the Welsh housing market and we’re pleased the Welsh Government has listened to our proposals to raise the band for this lower rate. The rate up to which buyers won’t have to pay any stamp duty will be £150,000 from 2017 – the same value as the average house price in Wales. This means a huge number of house buyers will no longer have to pay any stamp duty at all. However, the move creates further bands for properties in excess of £250,000, and those properties will now attract a higher rate of stamp duty land tax than they would have previously.”