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SDLT reforms: Cutting out the confusion

Solicitors and tax advisers need to work in tandem to provide the right property tax advice to their clients and instil confidence in the market, recommends David Hannah

20 September 2016

The complex, ever-changing arena of

the UK tax system

has always required a high

level of practical, strategic consideration to fully comprehend – yet the recent stamp duty land tax (SDLT) reforms have taken this to a new, unprecedented level.

With consumers and professionals alike finding themselves buried beneath the intricacies of the legislation, it is incredibly important, now more than ever, that buyers be fully informed of their tax exposures, in order to maintain a healthy residential market.Due to the complexity of the new 3 per cent ‘second homes tax’, huge disparities in tax advice and calculations are taking

place across the board. This is placing immense pressure on purchasers, convey...

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