What does the latest Land Transaction Tax news mean for me?


 

The Welsh Government announced on the 5th March 2021 that there will be an extension to the Land Transaction Tax holiday until the 30th June 2021, extending the scheme for a further three months.  Under the scheme, property up to the purchase price of £250,000 will be exempt from the Land Transaction Tax if the sale of the property is completed before the 1st July 2021.

What are the current rules around the scheme?

 

For main residential properties, the changes mean that for the lowest tax free band, the higher limit has risen to £250,000, whereas after the Land Transaction Tax holiday those above £180,000 will need to pay 3.5% tax on the remaining portion of the price of the property.  

 

Portion of the Property Price

LTT rate (Until 30th June 2021)

£0-£250,000

0%

£250,001 -£400,000

5%

£400,001- £750,000

7.5%

£750,000- £1,500,000

10%

£1.5m+

12%

 

What happens to the Land Transaction Tax rates after 30th June 2021?

 

The rates from the 1st July 2021 for residential properties will be as follows for the tax percentage thresholds.

Portion of the Property Price

LTT rate (1st July 2021)

£0-£180,000

0%

£180,001-£250,000

3.5%

£250,001-£400,000

5%

£400,001-£750,000

7.5%

£750,001-£1.5m

10%

£1.5m+

12%

 

How do these rules differ from the Stamp Duty Holiday in England and Northern Ireland?

 

In England and Northern Ireland the Land Transaction Tax is called Stamp Duty Land Tax. The Stamp Duty holiday includes a 0% tax rate on properties up to the value of £500,000 until the 30th June 2021.  This will go down to £250,000 from the 1st July until the 30th September and then dropping back to £125,000 for the 0% Stamp Duty Land Tax rate from the 1st October 2021. 

What does this change mean for the housing market?

Across England, Northern Ireland & Wales, the Land Tax extension has meant that many people already a part of the buying and selling process might be able to complete their sale before the deadline.  It’s also possible for those with properties currently on the market to benefit from the incentive, as demand from buyers is very strong.

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