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When buying a hotel in UK what taxes are payable on the contents

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When buying a hotel in UK what taxes are payable on the contents and building?

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If the building (and subsequently the business) is registered for VAT, then you could find 20% VAT is due on the purchase price, but this would be advised to you by the vendor (or the agent acting for the vendor)

If there is no registered VAT (On either the business or the building) then there are no additional taxes to pay on this purchase.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for that reply. Are there any other taxes other than VAT?

Hi Just Answer Customer


No - none at all on the purchase itself, but there are other costs such as stamp duty which is liable on the building purchase (and not the contents) and you will have legal fees (solicitor costs) for the conveyancing




The stamp duty charges are

Purchase price/lease premium or transfer value (non-residential or mixed

SDLT rate

Up to £150,000 - annual rent is under £1,000


Up to £150,000 - annual rent is £1,000 or more


Over £150,000 to £250,000


Over £250,000 to £500,000


Over £500,000




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