Land transactions, chargeable interests and chargeable transactions
Land transactions, chargeable interests and chargeable transactions

The following Tax guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Land transactions, chargeable interests and chargeable transactions
  • What is a land transaction?
  • What is a chargeable interest?
  • When is a chargeable interest acquired?
  • What is a chargeable transaction?
  • What are exempt transactions?
  • There is a chargeable transaction. What now?

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is charged on chargeable land transactions. Consequently, the concept of a land transaction and what this encompasses is central to the application of SDLT to transactions involving UK land. This Practice Note considers the meaning of land transaction and its constituent elements, including:

  1. the acquisition of a chargeable interest, and

  2. when a chargeable transaction arises

SDLT ceased to apply to any land transaction involving any interests in or over land in Scotland from 1 April 2015. From that date, land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) applies to such transactions, subject to transitional provisions. Consequently, references in this Practice Note to 'UK land' or similar expressions in the context of the application of SDLT should be read to exclude any interests in or over land in Scotland from 1 April 2015. For further details, see the LBTT subtopic.

SDLT ceased to apply to any land transaction involving any interest in or over land in Wales from 1 April 2018. From that date, land transaction tax (LTT) applies to such transactions, subject to transitional provisions. Consequently, references in this Practice Note to 'UK land' or similar expressions in the context of the application of SDLT should be read to exclude any interests in or over land in Wales from 1 April 2018. For further details, see the Wales: LTT subtopic.