First-time buyers will not be main beneficiaries of stamp duty cut, warns OBR

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The Office for Budget Responsibility has warned that one of the key measures introduced in yesterday’s budget could backfire on chancellor, Philip Hammond. Stamp duty for all properties up to £300,000 bought by first-time buyers has been abolished with immediate effect. Those spending up to £500,000 will also benefit, as the first £300,000 of the purchase price will not now be subject to tax.

The OBR however, has stated that the tax changes are likely to push property prices up by 0.3%, with most of the increase coming in 2018. The forecasting group commented that those most likely to benefit from the changes would be “people who already own a property, not the FTBs [first-time buyers] themselves.”


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