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1. The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Surcharge is 3% on the whole value of the new house you buy. If you dispose of on or other within three years you can apply to the Stamp Office for a refund. It would probably be better to retain it if it is financially and administratively viable.
2. Why? What tax advantages do you hope to achieve? Spouses have only one tranche of Private Residence Relief (PRR) between them.
3. You could and any Capital Gains Tax (CGT) liability would be deferred by Incorporation Relief (IR) until you disposed of the shares in the company. Alternatively PRR is extended for 4 years in the even of a move for employment reasons. This will give you a little rattle room.
Without quantative data I cannot go much further.
It;s entirely a peresonal problem and frankly as long as the proverbial piece of string. the whole thing hinges on the retention of the old house and the effects of CGT. Also your stay in London time wise has an effect.
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