Reclaiming stamp duty problem

Hi, I’m new to the forum and wondered if anyone can help me.

My boyfriend bought a new house back in Oct 2007. He was told he had to pay stamp duty and then claim it back. In Jan 2008 he wrote a letter to HMRC and they said he was right to pay it when I’m fact he wasn’t. It was £145k under the £150k threshold of that year.

Years have passed and he still writes to them. Now a couple of months ago HMRC admitted he shouldn’t have paid it but because it’s been so long they no longer has records of him paying it so can’t refund him.

Does anyone have any advice on what to do next as he first contacted them in Jan 2008 and has kept all the letters for evidence

Can we take the HMRC to a tribunal? 


  • The standard threshold throughout 2007 was £125k.

    Why do you think a £150k threshold applies?

    Does he have evidence the payment was made in 2007?
  • Ah yes sorry I meant 152k

    He has evidence the payment went to the solicitor and he has the (I think it’s called) UTR number for the payment

    Also a bank statement it was paid to his solicitor

    The solicitor has also said they don’t keep records of payments for that long ago
  • If he paid £145k and the standard threshold was £125k why do you think he is due a refund though?
  • At the time it was classed as a disadvantaged area

    It’s annoying as none of his neighbours has paid it

    Even if he had to pay 1% it would be like £200, he’s paid £1400

    the worse thing is HMRC has admitted now he didn’t need to pay it but won’t refund him
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