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The amendments to the Indian Stamp Act 1899 (Act) have come into effect from 1 July 2020. These amendments were first proposed under the Finance Act of 2019 and the Indian Stamp (Collection of Stamp-Duty through Stock Exchanges, Clearing Corporations and Depositories) Rules, 2019 (Rules).

The amendments propose a uniform system for collection and payment of stamp duty on the issue and transfer of securities. Thus, it would result in effective collection of duty across all States and reduce instances of evasion/ avoidance of stamp duty payments.

In this article, we intend to cover stamp duty aspects in the case of the issue and transfer of shares in both, physical as well Demat form.

Amendments to Stamp Duty on Transfer of Shares

Rates of Stamp Duty on Transfer of Shares

Following are the rates of stamp duty on transfer of shares as per schedule I of the

Stamp Duty Act, 1899 ('the Act') w.e.f. July 1, 2020



Rate of Stamp Duty Post Amendment

(on consideration value)


Transfer and Re-Issue of debentures



Transfer of security other than debenture on delivery basis (Securities credited in dematerialized account of purchaser)



Transfer of security other than debenture on non- delivery basis (Securities purchased and sold on same day, not credited in Demat account of purchaser)



A. Who will pay the Stamp Duty?

S.No. Nature of Transaction Responsibility


In case of transfer through stock exchange



Transfer of Security through depository



In case of transfer of securities in physical form

By person making, drawing or executing such instrument


D. Whether Stamp duty required to pay on on transfer of shares in Demat form?

Answer: Transfer of dematerialized securities between beneficial owners was earlier exempted from stamp duty provisions under section 8A(c)(ii) & (iii) of the Act. The same has now been deleted and the exemption is only limited to transfer of securities from a person to a depository or from a depository to a beneficial owner.

Therefore, even in case of transfer of share in demat form required payment of stamp duty of 0.015% of consideration value.

E. What shall be the consideration for transfer of shares in different modes?

S.No. Nature of Transaction

Market Value



Sale of securities through Stock Exchange

Traded Price


Sale of securities through Depository incl. off market transfers, over the counter, etc. other than through stock exchanges

Consideration/ price mentioned in delivery instruction Slip


Issue of securities in demat mode

Issue Price mentioned in Allotment List


Sale of securities through physical mode

Consideration as mentioned in  Transfer Deed (SH- 4)

F. Whether Gift of Securities liable for stamp duty after amendment?

Answer: The stamp duty is to be collected on market value based on price or consideration involved. Accordingly, since consideration involved in case of gift is 'Nil', no stamp duty will be levied in such transaction w.e.f. July 01, 2020.

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