Revenue Scotland revises view on Partial Charities Relief

Revenue Scotland has revised its view on the application of Schedule 13 of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013 (‘LBTTA’) to cases where a charity is one of a number of buyers who are or will become common owners.  We now accept that Charities relief from LBTT may be claimed for the charity’s (or charities’) pro indiviso share(s) of the relevant land transaction.

Revenue Scotland publishes its first annual report

Revenue Scotland has collected £572m in its first full year of operation.

Scotland’s devolved tax authority, which is responsible for the administration and collection of Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) and Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT), revealed the total revenue raised when it published its 2015-2016 annual report and financial statements today. The revenue collected is transferred to the Scottish Consolidated Fund to support the delivery of public services in Scotland.

Reminder of agent reponsibilities for LBTT Arrangements Satisfactory

Revenue Scotland would like to remind agents of their responsibilities in respect to Arrangements Satisfactory for LBTT. Transactions for residential properties with a chargeable consideration of £40,000 and over will require an LBTT return to be made, even if no tax is due.  Full details on which land transactions are notifiable for LBTT purposes and which are not can be found at LBTT4003

Revenue Scotland creates online information hub for three-year leases review

The first three-year review of tax chargeable on leases for Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) begins on 1 April 2018.

The review, which will apply to the majority of LBTT leases, is a legal requirement set out in the LBTT (Scotland) Act 2013. Under the Act, tenants are required to submit a further return to Revenue Scotland every three years to review the lease and assess whether the correct amount of tax has been paid.

Scottish Government launches Consultation for First Time Buyer relief

The Scottish Government has today launched a consultation on the First Time Buyer Relief as announced in the Scottish draft Budget on 14 December. The consultation will close on 23 March 2018 and the Scottish Government is inviting comments to be sent to the consultation hub or by email to

Scottish Government publishes Draft 2018-19 Budget

The Scottish Government has today announced its Draft Budget for 2018-19.

This includes the intention to introduce a new relief on LBTT for first-time buyers in Scotland which increases the zero-rate threshold from the current level of £145,000 to £175,000. The Budget document sets out Scottish Government plans to launch a consultation on the LBTT policy proposals and this is expected to begin in January.