According to this article stamp duty has blocked around 146,000 sales since 2012.
That is an incredible number and just goes to show how truly distorting this tax can be.
Will Hammond scrap stamp duty for first time buyers? That is the rumour.
Awaiting further updates this Wednesday.
With 45,000 transactions each year being prevented by the tax, analysis from the Centre for Economics and Business Research also found that around 146,000 sales had been blocked by stamp duty since 2012.