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Do You Pay Stamp Duty on an Inherited Property?

Do You Pay Stamp Duty on an Inherited Property?

Property inheritance often leads to confusion around various taxes, one of which is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). This guide will help clarify what SDLT is, how it's applied in different scenarios and particularly how it affects inherited properties.

What is Stamp Duty?

Stamp Duty Land Tax is a levy imposed on the transfer of properties and land in England and Northern Ireland. This tax is required when you acquire a property (or land) over a certain value. The rate of SDLT varies depending on factors such as the price of the property, its type (residential or commercial), and other specific conditions of the sale, including whether the buyer is purchasing their first home or adding to their portfolio.

The importance of understanding SDLT cannot be overstated, as it affects the total cost of acquiring property. Moreover, SDLT is only applicable at the point of transaction, meaning it typically isn’t a concern for inheritors.

What are the stamp duty rates?

The rates for SDLT are structured in tiers, meaning  different amounts are paid on different portions of the property price. Here’s a brief rundown of the current SDLT rates for residential properties in England and Northern Ireland:

  • Up to £125,000: 0% for first-time buyers, 3% for additional properties
  • £125,001 to £250,000: 2% for first-time buyers, 5% for additional properties
  • £250,001 to £925,000: 5% for first-time buyers, 8% for additional properties
  • £925,001 to £1.5 million: 10% for first-time buyers, 13% for additional properties
  • Over £1.5 million: 12% for first-time buyers, 15% for additional properties

These rates can change based on governmental policy shifts, especially during periods of economic adjustment, such as those experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do I pay Stamp Duty on an inherited property?

No stamp duty needs to be paid on inherited property. This exemption exists because the transfer of property through inheritance does not involve a purchase transaction. Instead, the property is transferred as part of the estate of the deceased, which means it falls under different tax rules, primarily Inheritance Tax.

Am I still a first-time buyer if I inherit property?

A common query among inheritors is whether receiving a property through inheritance affects their status as first-time buyers. The answer is significant: if you inherit a property and hold a majority share (over 50%), you are no longer considered a first-time buyer. This status change means that any future property purchases would not qualify for any SDLT reliefs available to first-time buyers, potentially increasing the cost of buying another home.

Do I pay capital gains tax when I sell an inherited property?

Selling an inherited property introduces another tax consideration: Capital Gains Tax (CGT). If you sell an inherited property and make a profit, CGT may apply to the gains. The amount of tax you owe will depend on the increase in the property’s value from the time of inheritance to the time of sale. However, if the property has been your main residence at any point, you may qualify for Private Residence Relief, which can reduce or eliminate CGT.

Do I pay inheritance tax on inherited property?

Inheritance Tax is often a primary concern when you inherit property. This tax is levied on the estate of the deceased if the total value exceeds £325,000. The standard Inheritance Tax rate is 40% on amounts over this threshold, though numerous deductions and reliefs can apply, particularly if the property is passed to a spouse or direct descendant.

Can I sell an inherited property?

Once you inherit a property and decide to sell, the process involves several steps, starting with obtaining probate. Probate is the legal process of administering the deceased's estate, and until it is granted, the property cannot legally be sold. After probate is granted, you are free to sell the property.

For those looking to sell quickly, services like Upstix can facilitate a fast house sale, often within days. Upstix uses smart technology and data to offer competitive cash offers, streamlining the sale process considerably compared to traditional methods.


Inheriting a property can alleviate the burden of SDLT but introduces other tax considerations like Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Understanding these implications is crucial for effective financial planning and ensuring compliance with tax obligations. For those inheriting property and considering their next steps, consulting with a financial advisor or tax professional is advisable to navigate the complexities of property inheritance and make informed decisions.

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