EYE NEWSFLASH: Stamp duty cut to save homebuyers thousands of pounds – full details announced

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed a permanent stamp duty cut in the mini-Budget announced this morning.

The government is reforming stamp duty by doubling the level at which people begin paying this from £125,000 to £250,000.

This government is also committed to helping first-time buyers get on the property ladder in two ways. Firstly, by increasing the level first-time buyers start paying stamp duty from £300,000 to £425,000.

In addition, the government is allowing first-time buyers to access the relief when they buy a property costing less than £625,000 rather than the current £500,000.

These measures will reduce stamp duty bills across the board for all movers by up to £2,500 with first-time buyers able to access up to £11,250 in relief.

The government says that growth is its top priority and by taking these measures will boost the property market, in turn helping businesses expand to help fuel the wider economy’s growth.

Doubling the nil-rate band will enable up to 29,000 more people to move home each year, in turn boosting household consumption, which will increase confidence in the economy and support thousands of businesses who rely on the property market. This includes, for example, estate agents, cleaners, builders, contractors, removals companies, plumbers, decorators and others.

This policy is a tax-cut for hard-working people and will allow them to keep more of the money they earn. This tax cut will boost household consumption, increase economic confidence and support jobs.

The government is committed to fiscal sustainability by ensuring the economy grows faster than our debts and keeping debt as a proportion of our economy on a downward path.

First-time buyers

For first-time buyer the expenses which come with buying a new home can be off-putting, to help them the government raising the amount they can spend on a new house without paying any stamp duty. They will now not pay it if their first home costs less than £425,000, an increase of £125,000 on the current threshold.

If though a first-time buyer does spend more than £425,000, they will now be entitled to relief – meaning they will pay 5% SDLT – up to £625,000, an increase of £125,000 from the current limit.

In addition to the Growth Plan’s stamp duty measures, The Lifetime ISA helps buyers save money. This is a long-term savings product intended to support younger people saving for their first home, or for later life to save up to £4,000 into their account each year until their 50th birthday, receiving a 25% government bonus on those savings. Since 2017, more than 118,0000 individuals have used these accounts to help fund their property purchase.

Since 2016, more than 1.1 million new dwellings have been built in England, increasing the supply of homes.

Since spring 2010, over 774,000 households have been helped to purchase a home through government-backed schemes including Help to Buy and Right to Buy.The government operates a range of relevant schemes which make home ownership more affordable. More detail on all of these schemes and others including Right to Buy and discounted sales is available on the government’s home ownership website. The website also contains details of eligibility requirements so that people can identify the scheme most appropriate to their needs.

 

Table of potential savings

SDLT charge for standard home mover (£) SDLT charge for standard home mover (£) SDLT charge for first time buyer (£) SDLT charge for first time buyer (£)
Price (£)      As at 22 Sep 2022       As at 23 Sep 2022 Saving (£)   As at 22 Sep 2022    As at 23 Sep 2022 Saving (£)
200,000   1,500 0 1,500 0 0 N/a
400,000   10,000 7,500 2,500 5,000 0 5,000
600,000   20,000 17,500 2,500 20,000 8,750 11,250
England (average house price based on July 2022 Land registry data) 312,000 5600 3,100 2,500 600 0 600

 

Property Value Standard Residential Rates
£0 – £250,000 0%
£250,000 – £925,000 5%
£925,000 – £1,500,000 10%
£1,500,000+ 12%

This is a permanent measure and will apply only in England and Northern Ireland. Stamp duty is not charged in Scotland, instead home purchasers pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, with rates set by the Scottish government.

 

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8 Comments

  1. JWVW

    Underwhelming.

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  2. Barnabus

    Won’t touch the sides I’m afraid.

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  3. surrey1

    Much ado about nothing it seems. An opportunity missed.

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  4. William.

    Oh dear..An opportunity missed again.

    Their are many thousands of people at or close to pension age who wish to downsize but will not raid their pension pots by tens of thousands of pounds to pay silly rates of stamp duty.

    Government..If you are too greedy you will get nothing.

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  5. Scotland

    Come on Nicola, why not follow for Scotland…….or even better it!!?

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  6. biffabear

    Agreed, underwhelming.

    Should of all gone back to a straight 1% as before Labour.

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  7. aSalesAgent

    Idiotic. All this will do is bring more first-time buyers to the market. We don’t need more buyers, we need more properties for sale! Should have given SDLT relief to downsizers, which would have made more family-size homes available for second-steppers, in turn freeing up more properties for FTBs and downsizers.

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  8. Anonymous Coward

    House price growth fuelled by SDLT relief is not growth.  It looks like it but it isn’t.

    In fact it is the exact opposite as it reduces the general population to slaves to keep a roof over their heads.

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