Buying or selling your home

6. Tax

You may need to pay:

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax when you buy a home
  • Capital Gains Tax when you sell a home

Stamp Duty Land Tax

You usually pay Stamp Duty Land Tax if you buy a property for more than £125,000. If it’s your first home, you don’t have to pay tax if the property is £300,000 or less.

The rate you pay depends on the purchase price of the property.

You still have to pay if you swap something of economic value for a property, eg shares or another property.

Capital Gains Tax

You don’t pay Capital Gains Tax when you sell (or ‘dispose of’) your home if all of the following apply:

  • you’ve lived in it as your main home for all the time you’ve owned it
  • you haven’t let part of it out or used part of it for business only
  • the grounds, including the buildings, are smaller than 5,000 square metres (just over an acre)

This is because you automatically get a tax relief called Private Residence Relief. You don’t need to do anything.

If you don’t meet all these criteria you may have to pay some Capital Gains Tax.