House-buyers rush to beat the end of the stamp-duty holiday
Property

House-buyers rush to beat the end of the stamp-duty holiday

House-buyers are rushing to complete on their properties by 30 June, the end of the stamp-duty holiday.
18 Jun 2021
How the stamp duty holiday is pushing up house prices
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Stamp duty

How the stamp duty holiday is pushing up house prices

Stamp duty is an awful tax and should be replaced by something better. But its temporary removal is driving up house prices, says Merryn Somerset Webb…
25 Sep 2020
The stamp-duty stampede
Personal finance

The stamp-duty stampede

There has been a surge in people wanting to move house before the stamp duty holiday ends next year.
11 Sep 2020
Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?
Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?

John Stepek runs his eye over the chancellor's £30bn stimulus package and asks if it's enough to get the economy back on its feet after months of lock…
9 Jul 2020
Boris Johnson and the sugar tax
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Tax

Boris Johnson and the sugar tax

Our probable new prime minister wants to scrap the levy on sugary drinks introduced by some of his predecessors. Would that be a good move?
13 Jul 2019
Duck the higher stamp-duty rate
Property

Duck the higher stamp-duty rate

The government has allowed for exceptions to the rule, so make sure you’re aware of them.
13 Jul 2018
How to avoid stamp duty
Property

How to avoid stamp duty

The new rules on stamp duty have muddied the waters. Sarah Moore explains what they mean, and how you can cut your tax bill.
25 Nov 2016
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How stamp duty changes are distorting London's property market
Property

How stamp duty changes are distorting London's property market

Changes to stamp duty are driving London property developers to give up on family homes in favour of filling the capital with tiny flats.
29 Sep 2016
How to make stamp duty a little less crazy
Stamp duty

How to make stamp duty a little less crazy

Stamp duty is a mad tax for all sorts of reasons, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But if anybody should have to pay it, make it the seller.
22 Sep 2016
The Isle of Man: a tax haven or not a tax haven?
Tax

The Isle of Man: a tax haven or not a tax haven?

Merryn Somerset Webb found herself in hot water after referring to the Isle of Man as a 'tax haven'. But it is still a very good place to be if you do…
9 Apr 2014
Why stamp duty should be scrapped
Economy

Why stamp duty should be scrapped

In his last Budget, George Osborne tinkered with stamp duty. Tim Bennett explains why he would have preferred the chancellor to go a lot further.
28 Mar 2013
Should the seller pay the stamp duty?
Property

Should the seller pay the stamp duty?

How do you make it easier for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder and not lose out on tax revenue? Simple - make the seller pay.
17 Jan 2012