Stamp Paper: West Bengal

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The Indian Stamp Act, 1899

The Indian Stamp Act, 1899 is a legislation that governs the levy and collection of stamp duty in India. It is a central act, but the states are also allowed to levy additional stamp duty on certain instruments.

In West Bengal, the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 is supplemented by the West Bengal Stamp Act, 1999. This act prescribes the rates of stamp duty for various instruments, such as sale deeds, mortgage deeds, lease deeds, power of attorney, etc.

Here are some of the key provisions of the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 for West Bengal:

  • Instruments chargeable with stamp duty: The act lists various instruments that are chargeable with stamp duty. These include sale deeds, mortgage deeds, lease deeds, power of attorney, etc.
  • Rates of stamp duty: The act prescribes the rates of stamp duty for various instruments. The rates vary depending on the nature of the instrument and the value of the property involved.
  • Liability to pay stamp duty: The act provides that the person who executes an instrument is liable to pay the stamp duty. However, in some cases, the stamp duty may be paid by another person, such as the transferee in a sale deed.
  • Admissibility of unstamped instruments: The act provides that an unstamped instrument is inadmissible in evidence. This means that it cannot be used as proof in a court of law.
  • Penalties for non-payment of stamp duty: The act provides for penalties for non-payment of stamp duty. These penalties can include fines and imprisonment.

Stamp Duty in West Bengal

DocumentExplanationStamp Duty
Acknowledgement of a debtA written acknowledgment of owing a debt.Rs. 10 per Rs. 100 of the amount acknowledged
Administration BondA bond filed by administrators of an estate.Rs. 5
Adoption DeedLegal document formalizing the adoption of a person.Rs. 10
AffidavitA written statement of facts sworn to be true.Rs. 1
Appointment in Execution of PowerDocument appointing someone to execute a power.Rs. 15
Appraisement or ValuationDocument relating to the appraisal or valuation of property.Rs. 5
Apprenticeship DeedAgreement outlining terms of an apprenticeship.Rs. 5
Articles of Association of a CompanyDocument detailing regulations for a company’s operation.Rs. 25
Articles of ClerkshipDocument related to a clerk’s articles of training.Rs. 250
AwardLegal decision or judgment by an arbitrator.Varies depending on the amount of the award
Bill of ExchangeWritten order to pay a certain amount to a specific party.Varies depending on the amount of the bill
BondAgreement with specified financial obligations.Varies depending on the type of bond and the amount secured
Bottomry BondBond related to maritime law, involving ship and cargo.Rs. 2.5 on every Rs. 500
CancellationDocument cancelling a previous agreement or transaction.Rs. 5
Certificate of SaleDocument certifying the sale of property.Rs. 5 on Every Rs. 500
Certificate or Other DocumentGeneral term for various types of certificates.Rupee 1
Charter PartyAgreement for hiring a whole or part of a ship.Varies depending on the value of the goods or services to be transported
Composition DeedAgreement settling terms of debt repayment.Rs. 10
ConveyanceTransfer of property ownership.Varies depending on the value of the property conveyed
Conveyance in the nature of part performanceConveyance showing partial transfer.90% of (Rs. 5 on Every Rs. 500)
Copy or extractDuplicate copy or extract of a document.Rupee 1
Counterpart or duplicateDuplicate or counterpart of an original document.Rupee 1
Customs BondBond related to customs duties or taxes.Varies depending on the value of the goods imported or exported
DebentureDocument evidencing a loan or debt.Varies depending on the amount of the debenture
DivorceLegal dissolution of a marriage.Rupee 1
Entry as an advocate, vakil, or attorney on the roll of any high courtEnrolment as a legal practitioner.Rs. 500 (Advocate/Vakil), Rs. 250 (Attorney)
Exchange of PropertyTransfer of property through exchange.Varies depending on the value of the property exchanged
Further ChargeAdditional charge on an existing mortgage.Varies depending on the amount secured by the charge
GiftTransfer of property as a gift.Rs. 5 on Every Rs. 500
Indemnity BondBond ensuring compensation for loss or damage.Varies depending on the amount of the indemnity
LeaseLegal agreement for property use.Explained Here
Letter of allotment of sharesLetter confirming allocation of shares in a company.Rupee 1
Letter of Credit (Letter of Guarantee)Financial instrument to ensure payment to a third party.Rupee 1
Letter of LicenseDocument granting a license for certain actions.Rs. 10
Memorandum of association of a companyLegal document outlining company’s constitution.Rs. 40
Mortgage DeedDocument related to mortgage of property.Varies depending on the value of the property mortgaged
Mortgage of a cropMortgage of agricultural produce or crop.NA
Notarial ActAct performed by a notary public, often involving oaths.Rupee 1
Note or MemorandumWritten note or memorandum of a transaction.Rs. 10
Order for the payment of moneyOfficial order for the payment of a certain amount.Rupee 1
PartitionDocument related to the partition of property.NA
Partnership DeedAgreement outlining terms of partnership.Rs. 10
Dissolution of PartnershipDocument regarding the dissolution of a partnership.Rs. 5
Power of AttorneyAuthorization to act on someone’s behalf.Rupee 1 apart from attorney to sell any immovable property
Protest of Bill or NoteFormal declaration of dishonor of a negotiable instrument.Rupee 1
ReceiptDocument acknowledging the receipt of money or goods.Rupee 1
Reconveyance of Mortgaged PropertyTransfer of mortgaged property back to the owner.Rs. 10
ReleaseDocument releasing someone from a claim or obligation.Rs. 10
Security BondBond providing security against a certain event.Varies depending on the amount secured by the bond
Surrender of LeaseDocument surrendering a lease agreement.Rs. 5

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