Search Legislation

Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017

Background to the Act

4.The Wales Act 2014 provides for the disapplication of the UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Wales, and confers powers on the National Assembly for Wales to replace it with a Welsh tax on transactions involving interests in land. This Act provides for the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) to replace SDLT in Wales from April 2018. The Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016 (TCMA) was the first piece of tax legislation passed by the National Assembly for Wales and set out the legal framework necessary for the devolved tax regime in Wales including establishment of the Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA), whose main function will be to collect and manage devolved Welsh taxes. The provisions of this Act are relevant to, and will need to be read alongside, the TCMA.

5.The SDLT legislation was first introduced in 2003 and since then has been amended and added to on a regular basis to take account of how the UK property market operates and as a result has been gradually transformed since being introduced. SDLT influences behaviour - affecting the nature and execution of the transactions to which it applies. It is important to ensure that stakeholders who have worked with the SDLT legislation can easily understand and operate the LTT regime as provided for by this Act. As such, many of the fundamental principles of SDLT and the procedural rules governing the range of transactions, and transaction structures, at the time they were dis-applied in Wales have been adopted in LTT.

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the Welsh Government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes accompany all Acts of the Welsh Parliament.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources