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Govt proposes single stamp duty rate for fin securities transactions

twitter-logoPTI | February 1, 2019 | Updated 19:43 IST

New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) The government Friday proposed to bring in a single stamp duty rate for all financial securities transactions and its collection at one place through stock exchanges. The proposal is part of the Finance Bill 2019-20 introduced by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal after presentation of the interim budget. In his speech, he said the government last year promised that it would carry out reforms in stamp duty levied and collected on financial securities transactions. Amendments have been proposed to the Indian Stamp Act. "The amendments proposed would usher in a very streamlined system. Stamp duties would be levied on one instrument relating to one transaction and get collected at one place through stock exchanges," Goyal said. He also said the duty collected would be shared with state governments seamlessly on the basis of domicile of buying client. HDFC Securities MD and CEO Dhiraj Relli said the government has proposed to have a single stamp duty rate on securities transactions across the country and that it would help in avoiding litigations and procedural hassles. The brokering industry has been demanding for a single rate for many years, he added. "In the budget today, the finance minister put a proposal to collect stamp duty at one place through the exchanges and share the proceeds with the states based on the domicile of the buyer. "This should result in rationalising the costs as well as streamline the process of paying stamp duty," Essel Mutual Fund CIO Viral Berawala said. The move to have a single stamp duty rate would not have an impact on Securities Transaction Tax (STT) since the latter is levied on transaction value, excluding stamp duty, according to experts. PTI RAM SUM ANU

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