Stamp duty for first time buyers has been abolished for most purchasers.
Stamp duty for buy to let property has increased substantially from April 2016.
Stamp duty for second homes also attracts a 3 percent surcharge from April. Mobile homes, caravans and houseboats are exempt.
Stamp duty refunds are available for home movers replacing their main residence. The original home must be sold within 3 years.
In England & Northern Ireland first time buyer relief is available for house purchases up to £ 500,000.
A permanent change to the initial stamp duty threshold for first time buyers means that anyone buying their first home won't be liable for stamp duty if the purchase price is below £300,000.
Further relief is available for purchases up to £500,000 to help first time buyers in more expensive locations such as London.
The Government predict that the stamp duty changes will help up to 95% of first time buyers in England and Northern Ireland and up to 80% in London.
The new relief has been introduced with immediate effect and applies to anyone purchasing their first home from November 22nd 2017.
First time buyers will need to declare that they have never owned a property either in the UK or abroad. A special first time buyer code will need to be submitted with the stamp duty return once a home is purchased.
Full Stamp Duty relief is available up to £300,000, with reduced liability up to £500,000. Any purchases above £500,000 will attract the normal stamp duty rates on the whole purchase price.
If a property is being purchased by more than one individual then all parties will need to be first time buyers to qualify for the relief.
The Scottish Governement have introduced first time buyer relief from June 2018. The initial LBTT rate for first time buyers has increased to £175k and purchases above £175k also benefit from the relief on the portion below this threshold.
In Wales stamp duty has been replaced by Land Transaction Tax (LTT). First time buyer relief is not currently available under the new LTT system but the higher zero tax threshold of £180k should capture most first time purchases.
Stamp duty calculations with new stamp duty thresholds. One ckick SDLT Calculations!
Following Changes in 2018, Land Transaction Tax (LTT) has replaced Stamp Duty in Wales.