Government to benefit from SDLT holiday boom

The Stamp Duty holiday contributed to the highest recorded revenues from Stamp Duty Land Tax over the Summer as receipts from property purchases hit £1.309 billion in July, the highest month on record and higher than the £1.196 billion taken in March.

But it, while it could have been so much higher, the government could yet benefit with SDLT receipts set to be higher as a result of a rise in property prices.

According to research by comparison site GetAgent.co.uk in the financial year 2019-20, before the holiday was introduced, there were 996,000 residential transactions in England. In the year 2020-21, while the holiday was in full swing, this increased marginally to one million transactions – a 0.4% uplift.

Understandably there was a decrease in SDLT revenues during this period, down from almost £8.4 billion in 2019/20 to just under £6 billion in 20/21, a revenue loss of £2.4 billion (28.6%).

According to GetAgent the areas where the holiday has the largest impact were the West Midlands (-42.5%), the East Midlands (-42.4%), and Yorkshire & Humber (-40.3%).

Despite seeing the smallest year on year decline at -20.5%, the government endured the largest monetary losses in London with a £675m year on year decline in the level of stamp duty paid.

But the boom created by the holiday may yet pay dividends for the government as the value of England’s home have increase from £297 billion in 19/20 to £337 billion in 2021.

The largest increase was seen in the South East where the value of residential property increased by 20%, with the East (18.2%) and South West (16.9%) also experiencing above average growth.

And, reports Rightmove, continued demand has seen another jump in asking prices as sellers take advantage of the scarcity of properties available.

Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short, commented:

 “The stamp duty holiday has done exactly what the government intended it to: it’s caused a surge in market activity, pushing up prices and propping up the economy during a very difficult and unpredictable time.

“Of course, depending on what you class as success, the jury is still out. Not only has the government lost a considerable sum in tax, a loss we are sure to stomach via alternative tax increases somewhere down the line, but the cost of buying a home is now considerably higher than it was just a year ago.”

“All signs suggest they’re only going to climb further in the coming months as demand continues to outstrip supply. A fact that the government surely predicted given the numerous other demand focussed initiatives they’ve introduced with the same outcome.”

 

Residential transactions
Region 2019-20 2020-21 Change Change (%)
England 996,000 1,000,000 4,000 0.4%
West Midlands 101,000 96,000 -5,000 -5.0%
East Midlands 93,000 91,000 -2,000 -2.2%
Yorkshire & Humber 100,000 97,000 -3,000 -3.0%
North East 46,000 45,000 -1,000 -2.2%
East of England 116,000 121,000 5,000 4.3%
North West 136,000 133,000 -3,000 -2.2%
South West 114,000 116,000 2,000 1.8%
South East 171,000 181,000 10,000 5.8%
London 119,000 120,000 1,000 0.8%
Data sourced from Gov.uk – UK Stamp Duty Tax Statistics (Transactions above £40,000 throughout each financial year) – Last updated 1st October 2021
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