Stamp duty land tax and first time home buyers

At present the Stamp Duty Land Tax rate is 1% for residential property purchases where the consideration is more than £125,000 but does not exceed £250,000.

Legislation will be introduced in the Finance Bill to give relief from SDLT where the consideration is more than £125,000 but not more than £250,000. This relief will apply where the purchaser or all the purchasers are first time buyers and intend to occupy the property as their only or main home. The new relief will be available for residential property purchases where the effective date (normally the date of completion) is on or after 25 March 2010 and before 25 March 2012. The current highest SDLT rate of 4% applies to residential property purchases where the consideration exceeds £500,000. A new rate of 5% will be introduced for transactions in residential property where the consideration exceeds £1 million. This new higher rate will apply where the effective date is on or after 6 April 2011.