SDLT on the purchase of a residential property (freehold, lease premium or assignment) will be charged at 7% of chargeable consideration where this is more than £2 million. The measure will have effect for transactions where the effective date (normally the date of completion) is on or after 22 March 2012.
A 15% rate of SDLT will apply to residential properties over £2 million purchased by certain ‘non-natural persons’, and will take effect from 21 March 2012.
In addition the Government will consult on the introduction of an annual charge on residential properties valued over £2 million owned by certain non-natural persons, with the intention of introducing legislation next year and the measure coming into effect in April 2013.
As set out in the 2011 Autumn Statement, Air Passenger Duty (APD) rates will rise from 1 April 2012.
From 21 March 2012 the duty rates for tobacco products are increased by 5% above RPI. This is equivalent to adding:
As previously announced, from 26 March 2012 alcohol duty rates will increase by 2% above RPI. This is equivalent to adding: