Stamp Duty: A Comprehensive Guide to Old and New Rates


Coming Thursday, Jan 9th, 2020 Stamp duty will be charged equally regardless of the state of residence.

Prior to this, stamp duty was charged at different rates depending up on your resident state.

All brokerage firms used to collect it from thier clients and pay it monthly to the respective state government.

However, From January 9,2020 brokers will collect stamp duties and pay directly to the exchanges.

The exchange than give it back to the central government, which in turn will divide it among the states.

Earlier, every contract note requires to be stamped as per regulations of the respective state government.

Union Budget 2019-20, stamp duty was made uniform across all states. For reference Check Page 14 on the finance bill.

You can also check the links to the circulars from various exchanges: Equity, Futures & Options, Currency, Offer for Sale, Offer for Takeover/Delisting/Buy-back, and Commodity.

Stamp Duty Example

Stamp Duty

As you can see in the image above, the charges of stamp duty were different for most of the states. But going forward this will be equal for all states.

Few States like Telangana, Haryana, had a maximum cap per contract note on the stamp duty.

Which means the charges would be maximum per contract were capped in a range.

Investors from states such as Tamil Nadu and RajRupeezyn will see a fall in their stamp duty, while investors from Haryana, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Assam will end up paying higher stamp duties.

For states such as Gujarat, West Bengal and Kerala it will remain unchange.

Those traders who were residing in these states which had a cap on maximum stamp duty per day per contract note, will be most hurt.

As they will not enjoy the benefit of the cap going forward.

Old Rates

You can check the charges you were charged untill now below.

Most states were charging in the range of Rs 200 to Rs 300 per crore for intraday/derivatives and Rs 1000 per crore for equity delivery trades.

Stamp Charges (Not charged in case of future settlement, charged on premium value in case of options settlement)

StateEQ IntradayEQ DeliveryFUTURESOPTIONSCurrenciesCommodites
GOA,DAMAN & DIU0.0050.0050.0050.0050.0050.005
ANDHRA PRADESH0.005/Max 500.005/Max 500.005/Max 500.005/Max 500.005/Max 500.005/Max 50
ASSAM0.018/ Max 49.50.018/ Max 49.50.018/ Max 49.50.018/ Max 49.50.018/ Max 49.50.018/ Max 49.5
HARYANA0.002/ Max 2000.01/ Max 5000.002/ Max 2000.002/ Max 2000.002/ Max 2000.001/ Max 500
HIMACHAL PRADESHFlat 50Flat 50Flat 50Flat 50Flat 50Flat 50
MADHYA PRADESH0.0020.010.0020.0020.0020.002
ODISHA0.005/ Max 500.005/ Max 500.005/ Max 500.005/ Max 500.005/ Max 500.005/ Max 50
TELANGANA0.01/ Max 1000.01/ Max 1000.01/ Max 1000.01/ Max 1000.01/ Max 1000.01/ Max 100
UTTAR PRADESH0.002/ Max 10000.002/ Max 10000.002/ Max 10000.002/ Max 10000.002/ Max 10000.002/ Max 1000
RAJASTHAN0.0030.0120.00120.00240.0012Non Argi – 0.0012
/ Agri 0.0006
TAMIL NADU0.0060.0060.0060.0060.006 
WEST BENGAL0.0020.010.0020.0020.00020.002

New Stamp Duty Rates

Type of tradeNew stamp duty rate
Delivery equity trades (offline transfers)0.015% or Rs 1500 per crore on buy-side
Intraday equity trades0.003% or Rs 300 per crore on buy-side
Futures (equity and commodity)0.002% or Rs 200 per crore on buy-side
Options (equity and commodity)0.003% or Rs 300 per crore on buy-side
Currency0.0001% or Rs 10 per crore on buy-side

Old Rate Vs New Rate

One of the major difference in old versus new stamp duty rates are applicable only on the buy-side and not on both buy and sell-side.

Therefore stamp duty costs for most of the traders will get reduce by more than 50%

Also, till now there was no stamp duty charged for offline transfer of shares using DIS (delivery instruction slip).

However from now the charges will be based on the amount entered on the DIS slip.

This will also end the tax advantage that brokerages and investors have been getting for routing their trade through some states with cheaper stamp duty. Visit Our Website For More Details.