What’s piqued my interest this week.
With lots of other UK bloggers chatting away about the new tax year, here’s something different.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, myself and soon-to-be MrsFIREShrink are imminently purchasing property. As residents of the principality from the 1st of April this year we get the Land Transaction Tax instead of the SDLT.
It is largely the same as the old SDLT, but with some % and threshold changes. Instead of the SDLT 2.5% base, with LTT it will be 3.5%, but this will only be paid over £180k rather than £150k. Above £250k it will still be 5%, then 7.5% over £400k, 10% over £700k and finally 12% over £1.2 mil. More here:
https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator – Welsh Gov calculator
https://stamp-duty-calculator.co.uk/land-transaction-tax-calculator – calculator which includes comparison to SDLT
Sadly as homeowners we miss out on the recent first time buyers stamp duty offer and Help-to-buy ISAs. MrsFIREShrink and I will still be a little better off, and Welsh Gov reckon so will most others. The sting for the wealthy aligns with my broadly liberal values, but I’m sure I’ll be whinging in future years and welcome comments below. It comes as part of a general move to devolve tax legislation, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out!
Other side orders:
https://youngfiguy.com/happy-new-tax-year – YoungFIGuy summarises this years tax changes in his latest blog post
UK house prices post biggest monthly increase for six months – https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/apr/09/uk-march-house-prices-post-biggest-monthly-increase-for-six-months – Halifax show house prices improving
But not in London- London house prices falling at fastest rate in nine years, says Halifax – https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/apr/12/london-house-prices-falling-fastest-rate-nine-years-halifax
But fall in property available means a rate rise is less likely? -Rate rise doubts as property demand falls, says RICS – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43724002