How long does a Stamp Duty refund take?

Many homeowners tend to overpay the stamp duty on their homes in recent years; it has been the case with many people. Hence, if you are amongst the homeowners who have overpaid Stamp Duty and are entitled to a refund, the procedure of obtaining that refund has several steps to follow.

1. Check if you are eligible

First off, you must check if you are indeed eligible for a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) refund! This is where both the homeowner(s) and the agency they apply for the refund through have control over.

In simple terms, the more information you can tell your agency about the property up front the sooner and more precisely they can provide you with an answer as to whether an SDLT refund is owed, and if so, how much it is likely to be. The details may include:

  1. When was the property acquired?

  2. Amount paid

  3. How was it purchased?

  4. Comprehensive specifics of the property itself

Most advisers would get back to you with an answer within 48 hours. However, you must submit all information correctly to ensure a prompt and accurate response.

2. A written report

If a refund is truly due, your adviser will provide a written report describing to HMRC why exactly a refund is necessary, what errors were made that resulted in the unpaid Stamp Duty, and what revisions need to be made to the SDLT return that was initially filed by your solicitor if you chose to employ their services in Under normal circumstances, this procedure should take no more than 72 hours.

3. Wait for a response from HMRC

Once the report is sent to the HMRC, you must await their reply. This can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks to more than 6 months, depending on a variety of circumstances such as:

  1. The time of year

  2. The status of the property market

  3. The kind of property

  4. The complexity of the transaction

  5. Location of the property

Do note, that at times, HMRC might be overstretched. As a result, the response may be further delayed. The maximum delay reported so far has been a waiting period of 7 months. However, an ideal adviser will usually guarantee you three things:

  1. They will deal with the matter by themselves

  2. They will regularly contact HMRC for updates

  3. No fees need to be paid until the refund money comes in

Conclusion

It may sound vague as the timeframe sounds too long and exhausting. However, if you are eligible for an SDLT refund, then it will be a welcome bonus to have thousands of pounds in return.

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