Autumn Budget 2017: Stamp duty axed for first-time buyers
From 22 November 2017, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn Budget that the first-time house buyers south of the borders will pay zero stamp duty on the first £300,000 of any home that costs up to £500,000 with immediate effect. This means on a home worth less than £300,000, you'll pay no stamp duty at all. This move could save buyers up to £5,000!
Unfortunately, it is not good news for first-time buyers in Scotland. The changes only apply to purchases by first-time buyers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scottish buyers will have to wait and see if the Scottish Government will make a similar change north of the border in its own draft Budget on Thursday, December 14.
Stamp Duty in Scotland is now known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).
LBTT is not paid until a purchase price exceeds £145,000. Between £145,000 and £250,000 the rate is 2%, and rises to 5% between £250,000 and £325,000. From £325,000 to £750,000 the rate is 10%, and jumps to 12% above £750,000.