The government announced in last year’s Autumn Statement that it would reduce the SDLT filing and payment window from 30 days to 14 days in 2017 to 2018 and would consult on the SDLT filing and payment process in 2016. A consultation document was published on 10 August 2016. We have responded setting out our reasons as to why the SDLT filing and payment window should not be reduced.

The Autumn Statement was silent on this issue, so we continue to hope that the SDLT filing and payment window will remain 30 days. We will, however, be looking carefully at the draft Finance Bill 2017 published on 5 December to see if this is in fact the case.

The government has stated that it will publish its response to the Making Tax Digital consultations in January 2017, so a response to the SDLT filing and payment process consultation might be expected to be published then if not before.