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By SLAS Spokesperson

A member asks these questions
1) why necessary if no SDLT payable? At the very least there should
be a simplified form;

2) delays in certificates being issued - therefore sometimes outwith
time limit of the letter of obligation;

3) difficulties in getting to speak to anyone at the Inland Revenue &
problem that the answering service cuts the caller off if no-one is
available & says call back later;

4) when eventually get through, person at other end doesn't know that
Scotland has its own legal system - result is that E&W forms
sometimes sent out;

5) website information is unclear or conflicting - particularly with
regard to leases;

6) system for leases is unduly complicated, largely because English
terminology is used & it is based on the English conveyancing system;

7) helpline problems - example, wrong information given re the amount
payable caused a delay when the Revenue had to return the
application. Correct amount sent back within a day but this took the
acquisition several weeks outside the 21 day period allowed for the
seller's solicitors' letter of obligation and there was a concern
that the seller was getting into financial difficulty
A Member


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