Stamp duty 2017: Autumn Budget reforms urged as tax ‘DRAGS on housing market’


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Philip Hammond should vacillate turn into stamp duty in the Autumn Budget, say experts

The Government collected £15.48million of stripe duty in the tax year to April 2017- with more than £8.5milion be stricken from residential transactions — a jump of 17 per cent from the sometime year — official statistics this week revealed.

Although takings from haunt sales increased, transactions fell by eight per cent.

Stamp assignment is in part responsible for the falling amount of moves and fuelling a slowdown in assays, according to critics.

In the brackets where buyers pay the most stamp stint, transactions are falling fastest.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has now been persuaded to make changes in the Autumn Statement in November.

It comes as house prices have slowed drastically over the defunct 12 months — and home values in London have fallen annually for the gold medal time since 2009, according to Nationwide’s most recent characters.

The vast majority of stamp duty came from home vendings in England, with London and the South East contributing 60 per cent per cent of the mount up to takings.

Stamp duty was reformed at the end of 2014, with buyers at the top end now disperse rates of up to 12 per cent.

Last year an extra stamp office of three per cent was introduced for anyone buying a second home.

Take Leeming, chairman of estate agent Jackson-Stops, said: “Prohibitive level offs of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) have been a real trail on the UK property market over the last financial year.

«With clients not prepared to pay an additional £153,750 in stamp duty on their two million comminute primary residence, many are putting their moves on hold, therefore causing transactions above £2million to fall by a whopping 17 per cent.

«Minutes in the under £1 million market also fell by 7.6 per cent.»

Sole homes bought for less than £125,000 can avoid tax, with anything first of all this level, and up to £250,000 paying a rate of two per cent.

The average house price now stands at £210,982, concording to Nationwide.

After £250,000 and up to £675,000, buyers pay tax at a rate of five per cent.

Mr Leeming said: “While the varieties seen in December 2014 appeared to be good news for 98 per cent of stamping-ground buyers at the time, the top end of the market has suffered and this, together with the additional three per cent tax surcharge, has had a knock-on objective on the rest of the market.

“Philip Hammond must view the property Stock Exchange through the eye of the homeowner and come up with a solution in the Autumn Budget.

«The Control has been too harsh on buyers in the £1million plus market, which in actually generates 30 per cent of all SDLT receipts.

«If they were to arrogate steps to reform the impact stamp duty has on the top end of the market, even moral marginally, they would not only see their revenue dramatically extend but it would also get the market moving again at all levels.”

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