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Higher rates of Stamp Duty changes confirmed

Saturday, 19 March 2016  |  Admin

Higher rates of Stamp Duty changes confirmed

In today's budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a number of measures which will impact the property industry. 

The Chancellor confirmed that 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second homes and buy-to-let properties will go ahead from April 1. 

He also announced that larger investors will not be exempt from the stamp duty changes – meaning all purchasers of buy-to-let properties will pay the additional tax.

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