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HMRC has raised £10 billion through stamp duty on property transactions in the year to the start of July.

This includes commercial property too but the surge in revenue to the Exchequer is largely down to sharply rising transaction volumes and prices on residential properties in many areas of the country.

This total means more stamp duty has been paid on property in the past 12 months than in any comparable period since the start of the downturn in 2007/8, when a roughly similar amount was collected.

HMRC's release of these figures comes as a calculation by estate agent Haart shows that the average house will incur an extra £5,000 in stamp duty within two years if prices continue to grow at their current pace.

It claims the average house price in England is currently £204,429 and the current rate of growth is 10 per cent a year - rather more optimistic than most agents report and much higher than many housing indices indicate.

But if that double digit house price growth occured for the next two year, it would push the average house into the three per cent stamp duty category by 2016.

Haart chief executive Paul Smith says policymakers should consider reforming the current duty thresholds. The government and the Bank of England need to be careful not to over cool the market and by raising the threshold could help keep the market fluid he says.


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    I feel sorry for the FTB also called the clipped wing generation. Nearly 2 million working young adults aged between 20 and 34 years old in England are still living with their parents according to the charity Shelter. Not only do they have the incredible over sized deposit to get together, but the dreaded stamp duty as well. At least with the deposit you can see what your money is going towards. With the 10 billion revenue, where are the new affordable housing that Boris Johnson said he would deliver by 2015, he has missed his target by not building the 55,000 homes he promised.

    • 29 July 2014 15:36 PM
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    They seriously need to reconsider the brackets - it doesn't seem fair. And what are the government doing with this money!

    • 28 July 2014 13:53 PM
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    10 billion is an extreme amount of money in my opinion. They've already shown that they can raise a considerable amount from stamp tax, so other than greed, I'm not sure why they would continue to raise the tax. Many people are already having problems affording a home and a further rise in the stamp tax will only worsen the already low number of first time buyers! And people wonder why there is such a growth in Generation Rent...

    • 28 July 2014 10:30 AM
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    10 billion! I can't see a reason why stamp duty isn't staggered. Going 1 over a threshold costs many thousands more...

    • 28 July 2014 10:18 AM
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