Society dismayed by last-minute changes to Wales land tax
By Gazette Reporter >>
A sudden increase in the tax payable on residential property transactions in Wales has been condemned by the Law Society. The Welsh government announced yesterday that residential rates of land transaction tax will increase by 1 percentage point across all bands from today. The increase applies to completions on or after 22 December.
Solicitors in Wales and their counterparts in England who have clients buying homes in Wales are dismayed by the combination of the announcement’s timing and the short notice, said Law Society president David Greene.
‘They now have clients who face paying thousands of pounds more if they are unable to proceed with their transaction within the very short notice period given.’
Greene called on the Welsh government to remain vigilant ‘to ensure the right balance of stability, fairness and confidence in the market is in place’.
(Courtesy: The Law Society Gazette)