From 1st April 2021, new rules come into force when calculating Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) on purchases of freehold residential properties. A 2% surcharge will be added to the usual residential SDLT calculation for non-UK residents.
A non-UK resident is someone who is out of the UK for more than 6 months in a 12-month period, which need not be consecutive days.
For individuals purchasing with others, the surcharge applies when any one of those individuals is a non-UK resident. If, however, the non-UK resident(s) moves to the UK to live, within a year of completion, the surcharge could be reclaimed within 2 years of completion (as long as none of the buyers own an additional property).
For companies, this surcharge applies where one or more of the controlling owners are non-UK residents on the completion date or the company is not incorporated in the UK. The rules are more complex for companies who are likely to require specific bespoke tailored advice which can be provided during the transaction.
HMRC do have an SDLT calculator on their website but it must only be used as a general guide and should not be relied upon for complex transactions.
There are also exceptions, exemptions and reliefs that may apply to individuals and companies.Make an Enquiry