Stamp Duty Land Tax

Stamp duty holiday deadline is Wednesday 31 March 2021. Thank you for continuing to support your clients during this time and making sure they fully understand the importance of this date. Please ensure all applications are submitted with the requested paperwork. Read our Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday page to help your application progress quicker.

Also in Scotland and Wales, stamp duty rates and bands have been temporarily changed, but are different to England. Find out how this affect Scotland and Wales.

When purchasing a Buy to Let property in England and Northern Ireland, your client will have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). They'll need to pay in increasing portions of the property price. If they own or will own two or more properties, the higher rate of SDLT applies, however there are some scenarios where they may or may not have to pay, which are detailed below*.

The Government has temporarily increased the Stamp Duty Land Tax threshold to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland, until 31 March 2021. Here are the rates when purchasing a buy to let property between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021:

Property value Standard SDLT rates Higher SDLT rates for additional properties
Up to £500,000 (excluding purchases below £40,000) 0% 3%
£500,001 to £925,000 5% 8%
£925,001 to £1.5 million 10% 13%
Over £1.5 million 12% 15%

For example:

If your client buys a property priced at £300,000 and the higher rates are applicable, here is the stamp duty land tax payable. You can also compare to see what the total would be before the Government changes on the 8 July 2020.

  Total portion amount 
(from 8 July 2020) 
Total portion amount 
(pre 8 July 2020)
£0 to £125,000 portion £3,750 £3,750
£125,001 to £250,000 portion £3,750 £6,250
£250,001 to £300,000 portion £1,500 £4,000
Total stamp duty land tax £9,000 £14,000

What does this mean for my client?

The table below shows how the changes could impact an additional purchase in England and Northern Ireland, depending on the purchase price:

Purchase price SDLT pre 8 July 2020 and post 31 March 2021 SDLT between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021
£75,000 £2,250 £2,250
£150,000 £5,000 £4,500
£200,000 £7,500 £6,000
£350,000 £18,000 £10,500
£500,000 £30,000 £15,000
£550,000 £34,000 £19,000

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To calculate the SDLT for your clients property, use the stamp duty calculator on the Money Advice Service website.

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Does this affect Scotland and Wales?

In Scotland, the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) replaced SDLT in 2015. LBTT rates also have the 3% surcharge on additional residential properties. For more information visit

In Wales, Land Transaction Tax (LTT) was introduced from 1 April 2018. LTT rates also have the 3% surcharge on additional residential properties. For more information visit

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*Please note the scenarios are not exhaustive. If you're unsure how this may impact you and your client and need more information on your personal scenario, please contact an Independent Tax Adviser at