Home Property Stamp duty cut to save homebuyers £1bn per year

Stamp duty cut to save homebuyers £1bn per year

by LLP Finance Reporter
26th Sep 22 12:56 pm

The latest research by London lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, has revealed that the stamp duty cut announced by the government in last week’s mini budget could save homebuyers across England over £1bn per year.

Last week, the government announced the biggest tax cuts seen in 50 years, with changes to stamp duty being one of them. Going forward, SDLT will only be payable on property purchases above £250,000, while first-time buyers will only pay the tax on purchases starting at £425,000 – a move that will save the average homebuyer £2,500, while first-time buyers stand to save up to £8,750.

But what does this potential saving mean for the market as a whole?

Benham and Reeves analysed sold price data for the 574,091 homes sold over the last year, calculating the level of stamp duty that was owed, versus the amount that would have been owed under the new guidelines.

The research shows that the 574,091 homebuyers to have completed on a property purchase across England in the last year paid stamp duty to the tune of £5.839bn.

However, had they benefited from the stamp duty cut announced last week, the total stamp duty payable would have been £4.810bn. That’s a potential saving of almost £1.029bn per year for homebuyers across England.

Regionally, buyers in the South East could stand to save the most, with the latest cuts reducing the stamp duty owed by £227.6m a year.

Homebuyers across London also stand to save the most, seeing the total level of stamp duty on an annual basis fall by £147.7m, with the East of England also estimated to see homebuyers enjoy a saving of £144.9m.

Even in the North East, where the potential saving is at its lowest, homebuyers still stand to save £24m a year as a result of last Friday’s stamp duty cut.

Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr said, “Any saving will be warmly welcomed for those looking to climb the property ladder, particularly in the current economic climate and, collectively, the nation’s homebuyers stand to save a significant sum as a result of the latest stamp duty changes.

But today’s cut is fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things and will do little to help homebuyers overcome the huge initial hurdle of saving that all important mortgage deposit.

In fact, it’s fair to say that it will only add to the problem by fuelling demand and pushing house prices higher, while the government maintains a head in the sand approach to housing delivery.”

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