How long to sell first property to get a stamp duty refund? 3 years?

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10:58 AM, 21st October 2016
About 2 years ago

How long to sell first property to get a stamp duty refund? 3 years?

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How long to sell first property to get a stamp duty refund? 3 years?

We have decided to let out our primary home as we have now had two buyers pull out and we’re worried the vendor of the property we are buying won’t wait. So, we are aware we’ll have to find an extra £11,000 for stamp duty on the second property. Initially I thought that we had 18 months to sell property A, and at that point we could apply for a refund in the extra stamp duty paid on property B. However, when I did a calculation using: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/additional-property

It stated:

Will the purchase of the property result in owning two or more properties?
Yes No
Is the property being purchased replacing your main residence?
If your previous main residence has not yet been sold choose “No”. A refund may be available if the previous main residence is sold within 3 years.

Does anyone know where I can find information that confirms this?

Thank you!

Sunny Somerset



Comments

Neil Patterson

11:00 AM, 21st October 2016
About 2 years ago

Dear Sunny

The information on the Government website you have linked to is correct. There isn't a more reliable source.

S Somerset

11:35 AM, 21st October 2016
About 2 years ago

Okay, thanks Neil,
I did have an agent suggest we can nominate which property the extra tax should apply to (ie our existing one, or the new one) - but I can't imagine that's true...
Any insight?

Neil Patterson

11:37 AM, 21st October 2016
About 2 years ago

Hi Sunny, The stamp duty is payable on the new purchase.

Kevin McLandlord

16:28 PM, 25th October 2016
About 2 years ago

I'd be interested to hear of anyone who goes through this new process for a refund.


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