File a Stamp Duty return

The Stamp Duty return service allows you to file your Stamp Duty return and pay securely online. Stamp Duty is a tax charged on certain written documents known as 'instruments'. If you owe Stamp Duty on an ‘instrument’, your return will contain information about that instrument.

Once you have filed your return, you must pay[1] the Stamp Duty that is due. This will include any interest, surcharges or penalties that you may have incurred. We will then issue a stamp certificate to you, which is proof that your instrument has been stamped by us.

Can you access the service through a Tax Advisor Identification Number (TAIN)?

No. You must have a ROS Digital Certificate to use the service and file your Stamp Duty return.

It is likely that your firm is using a ROS Digital Certificate. Please check with your firm’s ROS Administrator, because they may use it to pay the firm’s Value Added Tax (VAT) or Pay As You Earn (PAYE). If the ROS Administrator has a ROS Digital Certificate, you can ask them to give you a ROS subcert. With this, you will be able to file a Stamp Duty return.

If your firm does not have a ROS Digital Certificate, you must apply for one.

What you need to use the service

To use the service, you will need:

  • the Tax Reference Number of each party to the instrument
  • the Local Property Tax (LPT) Property ID, if the instrument is dated on or after 1 May 2013. This is relevant if the instrument is a conveyance or transfer of residential property. The Property ID is generally available from the vendor.

If the residential property is new, and has not been allocated an LPT number, the e-stamping system will automatically generate that number.  

How to access the service

You can access this service through ROS, by following these steps:

  • Select the 'File a Return' option from 'Complete a Form-Online'.
  • Select 'Stamp Duty' from the 'Tax Type' option list.     
  • Select 'Stamp Duty Return' from the 'Select a return type' option list.
  • Click the 'File Return Button'.
  • Enter the relevant information for the Stamp Duty return.

[1] If are already using a ROS debit instruction (RDI) to pay other taxes, you must set up a separate RDI to pay Stamp Duty.