Welsh Stamp Duty Calculator (LTT)

Discover how much Wesh Stamp Duty (Land Transaction Tax) you’ll pay when you buy a residential property in Wales.

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How can I calculate my LTT?

If you are a residential property buyer, you can easily calculate your LTT using the calculator at the top of this page.

What is land transaction tax?

Land Transaction Tax (LTT) is a tax applied on the purchase or lease of land and property over a certain price in Wales. It’s the Welsh equivalent of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in England and Northern Ireland, and was introduced to replace SDLT within Wales. The tax is progressive, which means different portions of the property price are taxed at different rates. The tax rate increases for each tax band, so the higher the price of the property, the more tax bands will apply, and the higher the effective tax rate becomes.

Who is exempt from paying Welsh stamp duty (LTT)?

In Wales, you are exempt from filing a Land Transaction Tax (LTT) return and paying the tax under certain conditions, such as when property is inherited through a will without payment, transferred between divorcing or separating partners, or involves a low-value transaction below specific thresholds. Certain leasehold transactions also qualify for exemptions based on the length of the lease and financial thresholds.

Land transaction tax vs stamp duty

Land Transaction Tax (LTT) in Wales and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in England and Northern Ireland are similar as both will tax buyers of property. The key differences lie in the rates, thresholds, exemptions and other specific nuances, which can between the two taxes. For example, the tax bands and rates may differ, as well as exemptions and reliefs available to taxpayers. These differences reflect the devolved powers allowing Wales to set its own tax policies in relation to property transactions.

When to pay Welsh stamp duty?

Land Transaction Tax (LTT) in Wales must be paid and a tax return submitted within 30 days of the day after the transaction completion date. This is the date when the purchase is finalised and you take possession of the property. If the tax is not paid within this time frame, there could be penalties and interest charges. It is the buyer’s duty to pay on time and to pay the correct amount.

How to pay Welsh Stamp duty?

To pay Land Transaction Tax (LTT) in Wales, you typically need to file an LTT return and make the payment online through the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website. If you represent an organisation, it must be registered to file and pay LTT online. For individuals or businesses that cannot pay online, other payment methods are available, and the tax return can be submitted by post.

How to reclaim Welsh stamp duty?

To reclaim Land Transaction Tax (LTT), you must file a claim for a refund, which can be done online via the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website. The specifics of the process depend on the reason for the refund, such as overpayment or a change in tax status after the transaction. It’s important to note that there are deadlines for filing these claims, typically within three years of the transaction date, or 12 months after the filing date of the return, whichever comes later.

How can I sell a house in Wales quickly?

To sell a house (or flat) in Wales quickly, you can get in touch with Property Rescue. Property Rescue can exchange contracts in a couple of weeks. You don’t need to do any work on the property as they will buy homes in any condition directly from you for cash.