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Is it possible to avoid paying additional stamp duty when buying a second home?

Is it possible to avoid paying additional stamp duty on a second home?

My wife and I are looking to buy a new home, but we are struggling to sell our current home.

We have decided to keep it as a rental investment rather than taking an extra 10% off the asking price as we have enough funds to put down a deposit on another property without having to sell.

We are however concerned that this will require us to pay the additional 3% stamp duty surcharge on the new house.

The house we are buying is worth £350,000 so stamp duty will cost us an additional £10,500 if we sell and move.

Is there a stamp duty exemption when buying a primary residence, and if not, does it make financial sense to keep our current home? (by email)

It’s Ed Magnus from Money: It’s a good deal not having to sell your current house to buy a new one.

Nevertheless, given the financial implications of owning a second home, you need to make an informed decision.

Stamp duty rates are calculated as a percentage of the purchase price, which varies depending on the value of the property.

You won’t have to pay stamp duty if you only own one property worth up to £125,000.

You will be charged 2% on the part of the purchase price between £125,000 and £250,000, and 5% on the part of the purchase price between £250,000 and £925,000.

However, as a second owner, you will be subject to an additional stamp duty surcharge of 3%.

If you keep the house you buy for £350,000, stamp duty will cost you £18,000, compared to £7,500 if you sell and move.

To find out if there are any tax exemptions, we spoke with Nigel May, a tax partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson.

Karen Noye, mortgage expert at wealth management firm Quilter, talked to us about the implications of keeping the current home as a rental property.

Nigel May responds: The surtax applies to all residential property purchases, unless you qualify for the principal residence exemption.

The reader appears to be attempting to keep their current primary residence as a buy-to-let and move…

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