On Wednesday 3rd March the Chancellor announced an extension of the Stamp Duty holiday to the 30th of June.
How will this extension benefit you?
Benefit from substantial savings – In England and Northern Ireland, if you are considering moving home and complete by June 30th, you can benefit from the biggest cuts in property purchase tax on properties up to the price of £500,000. In Scotland, the holiday comes to an end at the end of this month but those in Wales will benefit from the tax cut on properties up to the price of £250,000.
Zoopla data indicates that at least 740,000 buyers will have benefited from the Stamp Duty holiday by the time it ends across the UK.
Getting the purchase completed – For those in Scotland there is little time left to take advantage of the scheme, but for the rest of those moving home, the extension to the tax holiday will allow more time for property purchases to reach completion. Without the extension, thousands of deals may have fallen through because buyers may have been forced to find extra savings to meet an increased tax bill.
Buyers have benefited by making substantial tax savings. The biggest cuts are on offer to those in England and Northern Ireland. Spending £500,000 or more on a new home or buy to let investment, you could save up to the maximum in tax of £15,000.
Whilst the Stamp Duty holiday has resulted in greater demand it has also led to higher house prices. Figures from the Land Registry show an 8.5% year-on-year rise in December, defying predictions earlier, in the year that the pandemic would create a reduction in the cost of a home.