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I bought a property three years ago. the conveyansor said i

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i bought a property three years ago. the conveyansor said i could be exempt from stamp duty. they arranged for this successfully and i paid £1600 in total but got £700 back and the conveyanser got £900 as fee. about one year ago i got a letter from HMRC saying that the conceyanser is a dodgy firm and i need to pay full stamp duty. i paid back the £700 i received and said that i actually had paid the full £1600 stamp duty without knowing the firm is dodgy and i am not exempt from stamp duty. but HMRC insisted that i should pay in full. my question is am i liable to pay stamp duty in full even though i had paid it in full three years ago but got £700 back but then repaid this £700 to HMRC. Was HMRC at fault or bear partial reaponsibility for their neglience and incompetence in approving the stamp duty exemption application by my conveyanser later found to be dodgy? Thank you.
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Thank you. Assuming that HMRC Stamp Office are correct, then you are liable to pay the stamp duty. HMRC do not usually calculate stamp duty, that is done by the solicitor. What we don’t know is what the solicitor submitted to HMRC.

Hence, it is most unlikely that any blame would attach to the revenue you do have cause for complaint against the firm of solicitors if they are still in business.

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