When 140 characters just isn’t enough to debate Stamp Duty

Everyone’s favourite opinionated buying agent Henry Pryor has battled it out with economists and academics over how much Stamp Duty is stifling the market.

It all started when Helen Miller, associate director and head of tax for the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS), described Stamp Duty as a “contender for the UK’s worst tax”.

Commenting on recent research from the London School of Economics showing how the tax limited mobility, she tweeted “Stamp Duty is a strong contender for UK’s worst tax. Why should tax be higher on homes that change hands more frequently? It shouldn’t!”

She later posted research by the IFS showing Stamp Duty creates a disincentive to move.

But Pryor questioned these claims, tweeting: “It (Stamp Duty) raises significant revenue and was reduced for most buyers and it comes out of the deal.”

Professor Christian Hilber, who co-authored the LSE research, then joined in, adding: “It’s (Stamp Duty) not the main problem – the planning system is – but it contributes.”

They then agreed to converse over email just as it was getting interesting.

Oh well, back to checking Donald Trump tweets!

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4 Comments

  1. Mark Connelly

    If only he took a lie down more often.

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  2. ajl12no

    SDLT has smashed the Prime Central London market and is about to destroy another deal at £2.65m removing the budget for works. Wakey wakey Hammond!

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    1. PeeBee

      “…and is about to destroy another deal at £2.65m removing the budget for works.”

      Please explain… 

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  3. PeeBee

    I’ve waited a couple of days before posting this for obvious reasons… hoping that no-one is still reading this article.

    Mr Pryor does not think that SDLT is the problem that certain people, groups and Institutions make it out to be.

    In this rare instance I couldn’t agree with him more.

    There – said it.  It won’t happen again.

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