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SDLT is charged whenever property or land (over a certain price) is sold in England and Northern Ireland.
Stamp duty is paid by everyone purchasing a residential or non-residential property in England and Northern Ireland, including overseas buyers, corporate bodies and non-natural persons.
Stamp duty is payable to the HMRC within 14 days from the date of completion. If you have a solicitor, agent or conveyancer, they’ll usually file your return and pay the tax on your behalf on the day of completion. They’ll then add the tax to their fees. They’ll also claim any relief you’re eligible for, such as if you’re a first-time buyer. If they do not do this for you, you can file a return and pay the tax yourself. However, Aston Chase strongly recommends having your solicitor, agent or conveyancer take care of this task for you to ensure that you avoid potential penalties and interest which may be assessed for missing the deadline.