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Our offices will be closed from 1 pm Friday 22nd December 2017 and will re-open at 9 am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 All at Birdsall & Snowball would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and prosperous and healthy 2018

Support the RNLI and have your Will written for free with Birdsall & Snowball, Scarborough The RNLI is offering its supporters, aged over 55, the opportunity to write their Will for free with Birdsall & Snowball, Scarborough. Our Free Wills Service gives our clients the chance to write their Will free of charge and, if they wish, include a gift to the RNLI. After taking care of loved ones, even the smallest gift in a Will really does help save lives at sea. With nearly two thirds of lifeboat launches only made possible with gifts left to the charity in Wills, the RNLI is hoping people will consider including a gift in their Will, helping the charity continue to provide its vital lifesaving service, now and in the future. There is no obligation to leave a Gift to the RNLI when making or updating your Will using the Free Wills... Read full article

With regard to Stamp Duty, a higher rate is payable when an additional residential property is purchased in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The higher rates apply even if your other residential properties are outside any of these countries. HMRC state “You also need to pay the higher rates if you don’t own a residential property and buy at least 2 residential properties at the same time”. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/stamp-duty-land-tax-buying-an-additional-residential-property A handy Stamp duty calculator can be found at: www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro First Time Buyer Stamp Duty Land Tax guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/661728/8274_guidance_note_SDLT_relief_for_first_time_buyers.pdf