Problems with the HMRC calculator

The software on the HMRC website reportedly does not take account of factors such as farmland or a 'granny annexe' which can lead to discounts in stamp duty. The problem has arisen because the calculator does not distinguish between homes and mixed-used properties.
MailOnline, 31st March

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Homebuyers may be owed £2bn in tax

Homebuyers may be owed up to £2 billion in tax because the government's online calculator is getting its sums wrong. The tool, provided by HMRC, fails to to factor in stamp duty discounts worth thousands of pounds.
The Times, 31st March 2018

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Solicitors request guidance

Solicitors complained they frequently used the calculator because the taxman was treating them like accountants, relying on expertise they did not have. They write to HMRC for guidance but we're finding a long turnaround time, often 28 days.
Daily Express, 31st March 2018

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