Latest stamp duty figures are revealed
The tax authority’s official statistics show that revenues collected from the tax rose by 16 per cent during 2014-15, in part because of a boom in property prices.
But Chancellor George Osborne could face calls to make further changes to the tax, after it was revealed that a disproportion burden falls on the capital.
A record £3billion was raised through the city’s property transactions last year – which equates to around 40 per cent of all the money collected by the Treasury.
Westminster’s contribution alone was £487 million (six per cent of all residential sales) while Kensington and Chelsea was not far behind with £451 million.
Lucian Cook, director of residential research at Savills, said: “The figures reflect how high-value housing in London has become seen as a cash cow for the Treasury.
“The vast majority of buyers will pay less stamp duty but that puts even more emphasis on the top end of the market, which increasingly looks fully taxed.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson also weighed into the row, with his office voicing concern that London’s housebuyers were contributing more than twice the amount of the South East – which had the second highest tax receipts.
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