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If you’re thinking of buying a holiday let, there are some additional charges that must be factored into your costs – Stamp Duty is one of these.
Read on to discover all you need to know about Stamp Duty for holiday lets.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a tax you’ll have to pay if you buy a residential property or piece of land that costs more than £125,000 in England or Northern Ireland.
Stamp Duty is calculated on a tiered basis – you are taxed on the part of the property purchase price that falls into each Stamp Duty threshold. For example, if you buy a property worth £290,000, the tax would be calculated as 0% on the first £125,000, 2% on the next £125,000, and 5% on the final £40,000. So £0 + £2,500 + £2,000 = £4,500.
If you’re buying a property in Scotland, you’ll pay a tax called Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) instead of Stamp Duty. In Wales, you’ll pay Land Transaction Tax (LTT). You can read more on these below.
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a lasting effect on the UK’s economy, including the property market. As a result of this, on July 8th 2020, Rishi Sunak announced that a Stamp Duty Holiday will be introduced to try and encourage people to begin investing in property once more.
As a result of this government announcement, property buyers can now buy a home in England up to £500,000 without a Stamp Duty fee, this threshold was previously £125,000.
The Stamp Duty extension was initially set to run until 31st March 2020, however it was later announced that it will be in place until June 30th 2021, with a temporary transitional rate being applied between July 1st until September 30th 2021.
This change in Stamp Duty rates is only applicable for those buying a home before or on the 30th June 2021, there will then be a transitional rate available from July 1st-September 30th 2021.
The main difference with the transitional rate is that the threshold for which you don’t pay Stamp Duty is reduced from £500,000 to £250,000.
For more information, read our guide on the Stamp Duty Holiday.
If you’re buying an additional residential property to the one you call home, including holiday lets, you will pay the higher rates of Stamp Duty. These apply:
Stamp Duty higher rates don’t apply if:
As buying a holiday let falls into the criteria for higher rates Stamp Duty, you will have to pay an additional 3% of your property purchase price. Higher rates Stamp Duty works as a slab tax, as opposed to standard Stamp Duty that is applied on a tiered basis.
Example: If you bought a property worth £400,000 when standard Stamp Duty rates apply, you’d pay £10,000 in standard Stamp Duty charges. This breaks down as: 0% £0 for the first £125,000, 2% (£2,500) for the next £125,000, and 5% (£7,500) for the final £150,000. You would also pay an extra 3% of the overall price (£12,000) for the extra higher rate Stamp Duty charge, making the overall charge £22,000.
You can always use an online Stamp Duty Calculator to work out a rough estimate of what you might have to pay.
There are some cases where you could be exempt from the higher rates of Stamp Duty as a holiday home owner. These include:
If you are unsure, get some financial advice on second home Stamp Duty exemptions before you buy.
These higher rates may make you think twice about buying a buy-to-let property, but if you set up a successful holiday let, you may be able to earn your investment back by renting it out throughout the year. You will also have the bonus of having a property you can use for getaways with family and friends.
If you’re setting up a Furnished Holiday Let, you may also be able to claim certain tax benefits, such as deducting the cost of the furnishings from your pre-tax profits, and making tax-advantaged pension contributions. Read more about these and other advantages in our article furnished holiday let tax guide.
You have 30 days from your completion date to pay any Stamp Duty that you owe, and to file a return to HMRC.
Usually, your solicitor will help with this. They will usually calculate the amount, collect it from you and pay it on the day of your completion, as well as submitting your return.
If you sell what was classed as your main home within three years of buying your additional property, you can apply for a refund on the higher rate of your Stamp Duty bill – so long as neither you or your spouse still own any part of your previous home or fall under the rules for another reason.
To do this, you can use HMRC’s online form paying attention to the time frames set out.
Scotland and Wales have slightly different tax rules and thresholds for the tiered charges applied in England and Northern Ireland, but both also apply higher rates for second homes.
In Scotland, you must pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) when you buy residential property worth more than £145,000 – this is done on a tiered basis, requiring payment per each part of the purchase price in each threshold.
Announced in the 2021-22 Scottish Budget, the Land and Building Transaction Tax rates are below:
In Wales, when you buy residential property worth £180,000 or more, you’ll have to pay Land Transaction Tax (LTT). Again, this is calculated on a tiered basis based on different property price bands. If you’re buying an additional residential property worth more than £40,000, you’ll also have to pay an extra 4% on top of the standard LTT.
The Welsh government have introduced a Land Transaction Tax holiday as a result of the pandemic, and on March 3rd 2021, an extension of this relief was announced, meaning that it will be in effect until June 30th 2021.
The announcement stated that you will not have to pay LTT on properties bought for up to the value of £250,000 before July 1st 2021. From this date onwards, this value will return to £180,000, there will be no transitional period for these rates.
Similarly to England, buying a holiday let in Wales would require you to pay higher rate of LTT.
Standard Land Transaction Tax rates (applicable from July 1st 2021)
* At the time of publishing (24th June 2021), Sykes Holiday Cottages has taken all reasonable care to ensure that the information contained in this article is accurate. However, no warranty or representation is given that the information is complete or free from errors or inaccuracies. Generic information is contained within this article and each individual’s financial affairs are different, further advice should be sought from a financial advisor.
*Based on a 7 bedroom property in the Lake District with bookings between October 2017 to September 2018.
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