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Stamp Duty Land Tax Handbook: A Guide for Residential Conveyancers 2nd ed isbn 9781784462024

Stamp Duty Land Tax Handbook: A Guide for Residential Conveyancers

ISBN13: 9781784461089
New Edition ISBN: 9781784462024
Published: July 2020
Publisher: Law Society Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

This first edition of The Stamp Duty Land Tax Handbook – A Guide for Residential Conveyancers has been written for residential property lawyers to understand better the stamp duty rules on residential property transactions in England and Northern Ireland.

Since 2012, there have been successive changes to the stamp duty rules on residential property transactions, resulting in a regime that is very complex.

This clearly written handbook, with an overview at the start and a summary of filing/payment obligations at the end, enables residential property lawyers to filter complex matters requiring specialist tax advice from ordinary matters that do not. It will help practitioner's reduce costs and protect damage to reputation.

It includes an addendum of the government’s announcement on 8 July 2020 regarding the temporary increases to the SDLT nil rate bands for residential property transactions.

The book offers:

  • a clear explanation of complex tax concepts
  • warnings and helpful tips on seemingly ordinary transactions
  • references to HMRC’s guidance manual, case law and statute
  • a fee-earner checklist
  • drafting and structuring recommendations
  • a client-questionnaire tool, and
  • a list of potential problem areas

Stamp Duty, Conveyancing
1. The scheme of the tax
2. Excluded transactions
3. Freehold and leasehold transfers
4. Common reliefs
5. Leases
6. Collective enfranchisement
7. ‘Pre-completion transactions’
8. Transfers between spouses and civil partners
9. Gifts, assents, appropriations and appointments
10. Right to buy transactions and shared ownership leases
11. Alternative property finance
12. Transfers involving public bodies
13. Options and rights of pre-emption
14. Release of negative obligations
15. Transfers to connected companies
16. Transfers between partners and partnerships
17. Promote arrangements and development licences
18. Corporate reliefs
19. Compliance and disputes