Stamp duty to be applicable on mutual fund transactions from July 1, 2020

Stamp duty will be applicable on purchase of mutual funds from July 1, 2020. Here’s a handy list of FAQs by ICICI Pru.

What are the amendments in the Indian Stamp Act pertaining to mutual funds?

Ans: Pursuant to Notification No. S.O. 1226(E) and G.S.R. 226(E) dated March 30, 2020 issued by Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, read with Part I of Chapter IV of Notification dated February 21, 2019 issued by Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India on the Finance Act, 2019, stamp duty will be levied on mutual fund transaction, with effect from July 1, 2020, as per the rates provided in the table below.

S. No. Description Applicable new rate
1 Issue of security 0.005%
2 Transfer of security 0.015%

What is the effective date for implementation of above mentioned amendment? Ans: Effective date is July 01, 2020.

How much percentage stamp duty is levied on mutual fund transactions?

Ans: 0.005% of the net investment value i.e., gross investment amount less any other deduction like transaction charge.

Which all transactions would be covered under stamp duty? Ans:

Stamp duty applicability will be on Purchases (including triggers from past SIP registrations), Switch-in (including triggers from past STP registrations) and Dividend reinvestment transactions. The same is applicable for both physical and demat.

Transfer of Units from one demat account to another including market / off-market transfers attract stamp duty.

Which all categories of mutual fund schemes would be covered under the stamp duty charges?
Ans: All categories of mutual fund schemes would be covered under stamp duty charges.

Will stamp duty be applicable for units held in physical mode? Ans: Yes

Will stamp duty be applicable during redemption? Ans: No

Will stamp duty be applicable on transfer of units from broker to investor account?

Ans: No, as no consideration is involved and stamp duty is already deducted during unit issuance.

Is stamp duty applicable on ETF transaction?
Ans: Yes

What would be the impact on units under dividend reinvestment?

Ans: For units under dividend reinvestment, stamp duty will be deducted from the dividend amount (less TDS if any) and units will be created for the balance amount.

Will stamp duty be applicable for subsequent conversion of units held in physical mode to demat mode (Statement of Accounts to Demat )?

Ans: No, as no consideration is involved and stamp duty is already deducted during unit issuance.

How would stamp duty be levied to the investors?

Ans: For units issued in demat or non-demat form – purchase, dividend reinvestment, switch – stamp duty will be deducted from the net investment amount i.e., gross investment amount less any other deduction like transaction charge. Units will be created only for the balance amount (Net investment amount – stamp duty deducted). Stamp duty will be computed @0.005% on an inclusive method using the formula - ((Investment amount – transaction charge, if any) / 100.005) * 0.005.


Transaction Amount: INR. 1,00,100 Transaction Charges: 100

Stamp Duty: INR. 5 ((Transaction Amount - Transaction Charges)*0.005/100.005) NAV: 10

Units: 9,999.50 ({Transaction Amount – Transaction Charges – Stamp Duty}/NAV)

What would be the impact of stamp duty on mutual fund schemes?

Ans: Investors with short indicative investment horizon of less than 30 days will get impacted more because the stamp duty is being charged as a onetime charge. Please refer below table for illustration purpose.

Return Impact
Stamp duty No. of days Impact in % terms (absolute/day) Impact in % terms (annualised)
0.0050% 1 0.0050% 1.825000%
2 0.0025% 0.912500%
3 0.0017% 0.608333%
4 0.0013% 0.456250%
5 0.0010% 0.365000%
6 0.0008% 0.304167%
7 0.0007% 0.260714%
30 0.0002% 0.060833%
60 0.0001% 0.030417%
90 0.0001% 0.020278%
180 0.0000% 0.010139%
270 0.0000% 0.006759%
365 0.0000% 0.005000%

The above table clearly captures that as the holding period increases impact of stamp duty reduces from ~1.82% in 1 day to ~0.06% in 30 days.


So from July 1st Stock Trading also uniformed STAMP DUTY is applicable?

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No income for people, but tax and everything increasing, first govt to show the way of income to the people then the govt think about TAX , :hot_face:


I have two queries:

  1. Is there any minimum amount that invariably needs to be paid for MF transactions ie. Rs1 or more? This is because 0.005% for Rs.100(minimum SIP amount) is less than 1 paisa.
  2. Is stamp duty applicable for online investment done through CAMS/MF portals in non-demat mode?

Don’t worry dear.

you can expect the below charges soon

  1. Additional STT/CTT
    2 Additional SEBI Charges
  2. Additional Stamp charges
  3. Corona cess
  4. Additional Corona cess
  5. Additional GST

Let me know if i missed anything.


When the Fund manager of Equity MF buys Stocks, there is again Stamp duty (0.015%).
This I suppose is part of the Fund Expense ratio.

So basically it is double Stamp duty borne by the Retail investor for each investment ?

Pl. clarify.

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True…funds houses do direct trade with exchanges so they don’t generate client contract note to pay stamp duty. Now they have additional burden and for us it’s double taxination

Yes true…gov is making everything hard for us

So…basically if Govt of India/States run out of holes to screw us, they invent new holes and then screw us. :rofl:


I guess money needs to change the pockets. This must be their way of doing it. Afterall, something has to foot the bill for COVID expenses. The trickle money might help them a bit.