Govt introduces Indian Stamp Bill 2023 draft, invites public suggestions

Once enacted, it will replace the Indian Stamp Act, 1899

Stamp Bill

The Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has prepared a draft ‘Indian Stamp Bill, 2023’ to align it with modern stamp duty regime. Once enacted, the Bill shall replace the Indian Stamp Act, 1899.

The Indian Stamp Act, 1899 lays down the law relating to tax levied in the form of stamps on instruments recording transactions. Stamp duties are levied by the Central Government, but within the States are collected and appropriated by the concerned States in terms of provisions of Article 268 of the Constitution.

The Indian Stamp Act, 1899, a pre-Constitution Act, has been amended from time to time to enable a more modern Stamp Duty regime. However, a number of provisions contained in the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 have become redundant/ inoperative and hence, there is a need to re-orient the Indian Stamp Act, 1899. Accordingly, it has been proposed that the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 is repealed and a new legislation is enacted to reflect the present realities and objectives.

As a part of pre-legislative consultative process, the draft ‘Indian Stamp Bill, 2023’ has been uploaded on the website of Department of Revenue for inviting suggestions from public in a prescribed proforma within a period of 30 days.

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