1st October 2019
HMRC stamp duty: ‘This vicious sting in the tail has lost the Treasury £369m in a year despite a market that continues to rise in value’ — Andrew Southern, Southern Grove
“First-time buyer relief is a bit of a distraction from the real issue, which is that this is an overly punitive tax that forces many to sit on their hands.
“Even after first-time buyer relief and Welsh devolution have been taken into account, the Treasury has still seen its tax take from property transactions fall by £369million in a year. This is against a backdrop of continued property price increases nationwide.
“Stamp duty is the weak link that will continue to bind the market’s progress and only last month was blamed for a monumental retreat in the number of cash buyers.
“A healthy 9% rise in receipts in England a year ago has been replaced by a 6% decline and, while you can be sure no one will shed a tear for the Chancellor, it is what this means for ordinary people that matters — they want to move, feel they have the capital to move but can’t get their head around the absolutely vicious sting in the tail that means someone purchasing a £500,000 home pays £15,000 just for the privilege of doing so.”