Could Boris make stamp duty payable by the seller, not the buyer?
PERSONAL FINANCE EDITOR
Not to the incidence of the tax.
Although charging the tax to the people who demonstrably have a large cheque in their hands seems reasonable enough.
So, why wasn’t it done before? Because the tax was actually a charge for the registration of the new ownership of the property. Only once it became a tax, rather than a simple charge, id it even become an issue.