Stamp duty is a tax charged on the documents that transfer the ownership of property from one person to another. It is paid by the purchaser or receiver of the property. Stamp duty is an additional expense that must be taken into account when buying a property. The level of stamp duty that you pay depends on the value of the property that you are purchasing and your status eg first time buyer, owner occupier, investor.
As a general rule, the following property transactions are exempt from stamp duty:
- Transfers of property between spouses and civil partners
- Property transferred between former spouses/civil partners under a court order, following a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership
- Property transferred by a cohabitant to his or her cohabitant, under a proeprty adjudjustment order.
Current Stamp Duties Rates on Residential property is as follows:
Residential property includes houses, duplex and apartments.
|Up to €1,000,000||1%|
eg, Sam purchases an apartment in Dublin at a cost of €1,300,000. Sam is an owner occupier.
Stamp duty payable is as follows:
€300,000 @2%= €6,000
Total stamp duty = €16,000
The amount is paid to the Revenue Commissioners, who place a stamp on the property deeds. Without this stamp, the deeds cannot be registered.
Current Stamp Duties Rates on Non -Residential property is as follows:
Non-Residential property includes commercial property, business assets, land etc.
eg, Sam purchases a warehouse in Limerick at a cost of €500,000. Stamp duty payable is as follows:
€500,000 @2%= €10,000
Total stamp duty = €10,000
Stamp Duty on leases
|Lease for a term not exceeding 35 years or for any indefinite term||1% of the average annual rent|
|Lease for a term exceeding 35 years but not exceeding 100 years||6% of the average annual rent|
|Lease for a term exceeding 100 years||12% of the average annual rent|
A lease of a house/apartment for a term less than 35 years or for any indefinite term and where the rent does not exceed €30,000 per annum is exempt from stamp duty.