Abolish Securities Transaction Tax (STT) and Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) in India
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Securities Transaction Tax (STT) is a tax payable in India on the value of securities (excluding commodities and currency) transacted through a recognized stock exchange. As of 2016, it is 0.1% for delivery based equity trading.The tax is not applicable on off-market transactions or on commodity or currency transactions. The original tax rate was set at 0.125% for a delivery-based equity transaction and 0.025% on an intra-day transaction. The rate was set at 0.017% on all Futures and Options transactions. STT was originally introduced in 2004 by the then Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram to stop tax avoidance of capital gains tax. The government reduced this tax in the 2013 budget after a lot of protests for years by the brokers and the trading community. The revised STT for delivery-based equity trading is 0.1% on the turnover. For Futures, the tax has been reduced to 0.01% on the sell-side only. For Equity Options, the STT has been reduced to 0.05% on the sell side of the premium amount. The rest of the tax structure remains as is. Securities transaction tax is a direct tax.Securities Transaction Tax is levied and collected by the union government of India.
Dividend is paid by companies on which income tax is paid, so it is kind of double taxation.
After the Introduction of LTCG of 10% in 2018-2019 budget by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, Security Transaction Tax & Dividend Distribution Tax is a burden on Retail Investors, Corporate.
Securities Transaction Tax is the tax levied by India only on Investors where rest of the world doesn't have concept of STT.
Investors and Traders were already moving to Singapore Exchange due to low tax, better liquidity. It is high time for Indian Government to abolish STT and DDT after the introduction of LTCG of 10% to retain the trust given by Government of India to Investors across globe.
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