Record Keeping: How long must records be retained for: Stamp duty land tax
A person who is the purchaser in a land transaction must keep relevant records in connection with that transaction, see CH12600, until the later of
the relevant date, which means
- the sixth anniversary of the effective date of the transaction, or
- such earlier date as may be specified by the Commissioners of HMRC
the date on which
- an enquiry into the return is completed, or
- if there is no enquiry, HMRC no longer have the power to enquire into the return.
There is a shorter period where a person makes a claim, other than in a return or amendment to a return. In this case, the person must keep such records as may be needed to make a correct and complete claim until the latest of
- the end of the twelve month period beginning with the date when the claim is made
- where there is an enquiry into the claim or amendment to the claim, the time when the enquiry is completed, and
- where the claim is amended and there is no enquiry into the amendment, the time when HMRC no longer has power to enquire into the amendment.