What are the chances Tax officier do not consider BTST Profit in STCG

Technically, when someone does BTST, stock does in his DEMAT account. So strictly by defination, no matter what, BTST should be taxed as STCG, right?

But many CA told me, it depends on the AO. I wanted to know, can AO tax BTST under normal tax slab. If yes, what are the chances and isn’t it unfair?

@Quicko and others please.

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At Zerodha we made a change last year, even for BTST trades we credit the shares to Demat and then debit it on the settlement date. So this should cover for the concern you have.

By the way, another thing you can tell the AO is that STT for BTST trades are applied as STT for delivery and hence you are considering it as capital gains and not speculative income (non-delivery based).


Very less chance. But is it what it is. AO can always disagree with whatever you declare.
What can you do about it? Well. You can go for litigation or pay the demanded amount. :rofl::rofl:

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This is scary situation.

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Since last 7 years I’m reporting BTST profit from CNC trades under STCG. Nobody questioned so far.

They normally go after big fishes. If they target us, they will get peanuts.

Khanoon ke haat lambe hote hai, aaj nahi to kal, kal nahi to ek din pakad jayange hum :fishing_pole_and_fish: :grin:

These days they are happy even with peanuts. Especially with gst. Just random notices are issued.


Hello @KD61,

As per the Income tax act, a transaction where commodities including shares and stocks are settled otherwise than actual delivery then it is treated as a speculative transaction. Since you’re receiving actual delivery of shares in BTST it shall be treated as a capital transaction and reported as short-term capital gain/loss.

Hope this helps!


Kanun andha hota hai.:star_struck: