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Emily Paris-Hunter, Scottish Solicitor

Viberts

Viberts’ origins trace back to two firms founded in Jersey in the 1930s by Advocates Vibert and Hooper Valpy. Legal practice at that time largely consisted of land transactions, commercial work linked to tourism, succession planning and litigation. The offshore finance industry began to take root after 1962, when the island abolished the provision of its code of laws of 1771. Viberts flourished from the boom in property, banking, trust, securitisation, regulatory and company law.
Emily Paris-Hunter, Scottish Solicitor
January 2021

New stamp duty rates on property purchases

Effective from 1 January 2021, the States of Jersey have implemented new stamp duty rates on property purchases.

The new rates affect properties purchased for more than £2 million whilst the rates applicable to properties purchased for less than that remain unchanged.

On properties purchased for between £2 million and £3 million, stamp duty will rise from 6.5% to 7%; for properties purchased for between £3 million and £6 million, the rate will rise from 8.5% to 9.5% and from 9.5% to 10.5% on properties purchased for more than £6 million. Bear in mind though that the calculation used is staggered for different price bands so a straight-line calculation using these percentages is not appropriate.

Such changes naturally affect purchasers more so than vendors. Purchasers obviously need to have a clear understanding from the outset as to what their stamp duty liabilities are likely to be.

Vendors also need to consider that purchasers will be of the view that they are in essence paying more for a particular property once the stamp duty is factored into their calculations. Vendors of properties valued around the thresholds are likely to see offers that provide a better stamp duty outcome for the purchaser, given that stamp duty is payable on the price paid and not the valuation of the property.

If you’re seeking advice on a property, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Together, we can ensure your interests are best looked after.

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