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Stamp duty in Ireland is a tax payable to the government based on the documents used in the transfer of property (in other words, the conveyance document which transfers ownership to you). The value of the property (home or apartment, land or housing site) and your status (whether you are a first time buyer, investor, etc) will determine the amount of stamp duty that is payable.
Stamp duties chargeable in Ireland fall into two main categories:
Duties payable on a wide range of legal and commercial documents, including (but not limited to) conveyances of property, leases of property, share transfer forms and certain agreements. The duties in this category are denoted by means of stamps affixed to or impressed on the document affected and, depending on the nature of the document, may be either ad valorem or of fixed amount.
Duties and levies payable by reference to statements. These duties and levies mainly affect banks and insurance companies and include a duty in respect of financial cards (e.g. Credit, ATM, Laser and Charge cards) and levies on certain insurance premiums and certain statements of interest.