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Firstly, did you advise HMRC of your return to these shores? Indeed, when you originally left did you file a Form P85? In either case if you did not you should be so and HMRC will classify you as resident or non resident as appropriate although you don't need to bother about telling that Department of your return as you are not coming back until next year. In the case of your 2017 return on information HMRC will classify you as resident for the tax year following your return and furthermore split the 17/18 tax year into two portions one non resident, the other resident.
It is likely that when you buy your new primary residence you will be liable to the additional 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). However, if you have disposed of your secondary properties within three years of the purchase of your new one you can obtain a refund of the higher rate of SDLT. The procedure can be found here:
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As i understand it Andrew the form is a generic one and covers all eventualities. In any event you may not be charged the extra 3% SDLT anyway.
It is possible that you might get a rebate this way, but you definitely would were both disposed of both. You have three years in any event.
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