Limited company and SDLT changes from Kwasi Kwarteng in the 2022 mini-budget Growth Plan Stamp Duty on buy to let properties SDLT Returns Residential SDLT calculator SDLT for first time buyers relief calculator Stamp Duty Second Homes Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR) SDLT for Property Developers Stamp Duty & Limited Companies Stamp Duty Refunds We will examine Stamp Duty on Limited companies but first… There have been several changes to UK limited company Stamp Duty. These changes came about because of the Growth Plan and Kwasi Kwarteng on 23rd September 2022. One of the changes to tax made by Kwasi Kwarteng was the company Stamp Duty. These changes were announced in the mini-budget. Kwasi Kwarteng’s idea is to stimulate the housing market and the economy at large. Stamp Duty was changed from 23rd September 2022 and was effective as of that date. 0% Stamp Duty rate for property under £125,000 was increased to £250,000. All other rates apply as normal. Please note that there was no change to the 3% SDLT surcharge for any residential property purchased over £40,000. There was no change to the 2% foreign surcharge either. Use our Stamp Duty tax calculator to check how much you need to pay. Calculate Stamp Duty (SDLT) for limited company owners of business property How to calculate Stamp Duty for a limited company is a complex area that UK landlords must navigate with care when buying buy to let property as a business. Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is charged 15% on residential properties costing £500,000 and over. HMRC defines these non-natural persons’ as companies, partnerships and collective investment schemes. The 15% SDLT rate does not apply to property bought by a company acting as a settlement trustee. This SDLT rate is also exempt for companies that purchase properties for a property rental business, property developers and traders, property occupied by employees, a housing co-operative, farmhouses, and financial institutions buying property in the course of lending. These exclusions are subject to specific conditions. There is a 3% surcharge on residential properties bought by companies. What are the basics of Stamp Duty for limited companies? As property accountants serving thousands of UK landlords that purchase buy-to-let properties, we know that SDLT can be an uncertain topic. SDLT is a tax charged on purchasing or acquiring property or land over a certain price in England and Northern Ireland. Stamp Duty tax works differently if the property or land is in Wales or Scotland. Where a property is a second property and costs more than £40,000, the SDLT rate will be 3% above the standard rates. Non-resident companies or companies controlled by non-residents pay a 2% surcharge on all properties over the £40,000 purchase threshold. If the company is purchasing an additional property, higher rates of SDLT apply. Landlords will pay an additional 3% above the standard SDLT rates where they already own a property. Stamp Duty does not apply to purchases under £40,000 or caravans, motorhomes and houseboats. A limited company will pay the 3% Stamp duty surcharge on any residential property over £40,000. This applies irrespective of whether or not it is the first property purchased by the company. All non-residential and mixed-use properties purchased by a limited company pay standard SDLT rates. There is no 3% Stamp Duty surcharge on non-residential properties for limited companies. Do limited companies pay a surcharge on BTL properties? The 3% SDLT surcharge was announced in 2015 and implemented in April 2016. The 3% Stamp Duty automatically applies to any limited company purchasing a property. This was designed to target purchasers of second homes and property investors. Do limited companies pay less Stamp Duty? Form April 2020 if you owned a buy-to-let property in your personal capacity you would no longer be able to offset the mortgage interest payments as an expense against rental income in your self-assessment tax return. This is not the same for limited companies that hold property. Mortgage interest payments remain an allowable expense to reduce profits and corporation tax. However, a limited company will still be liable to pay the 3% SDLT surcharge where a property costs over £40,000. You will need to pay conveyancing and also potentially mortgage transfer costs. A limited company pays the same Stamp Duty rate as an individual for non-residential property. Here are some ways to reduce Stamp Duty as a property developer. Can a limited company claim back Stamp Duty? You can only claim back Stamp Duty as a limited company if you are eligible for a refund. You may be able to claim an SDLT refund if you purchased a new main residence without selling your previous residence but then sold that previous residence within three years.