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Friday, January 26, 2018

Removal of Double Taxation of STT on Equity Oriented Funds and ETFs AMFI BUDGET PROPOSALS 2018-19



AMFI-  Association of Mutual Funds in India
BUDGET PROPOSALS FOR FY 2018-19

Removal of Double Taxation of STT on Equity Oriented Funds and Exchange Traded Funds

Background
  
As per current Tax laws, in respect of Equity Oriented Funds (EOF), the Mutual Funds are required to pay Securities Transaction Tax (STT) on sale of securities.

 • In addition, the unit-holders (Investors) are also required to pay the STT on the redemption value at the time of redemption of units.

 • Thus, there is clearly a double levy of STT for an investor investing in the equity markets through the mutual fund route, i.e., via an EOF.

• Where the EOF is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), listed on a stock exchange, the investor of the ETF pays STT on the purchase and sale of units in the ETF.

• Similarly, there is multiple levy of STT when the following events occur: - Units are purchased from / sold to Authorised Participants;
 - Underlying securities are transferred by / to Authorised Participants;
  - Units surrendered by AP to the mutual fund are redeemed. 


Proposal

It is proposed that the incidence of STT being paid by the Mutual Funds on sale of equity shares in respect of MF schemes should either be abolished altogether or levied only at the time of redemption by the investor.


Justification

  The double levy of STT on EOFs/ETFs, adversely impacts the returns in the hands of the investors and could act as a deterrent from investing in mutual funds, which, in fact, are a more appropriate platform for retail investors to participate in the capital markets.
  • To encourage retail participation and deepening of capital markets, the double levy of STT on EOF/ETF should be removed.

  • As provided in case of New Pension Scheme (NPS) by the Finance Act, 2009, the incidence of STT being paid by the Mutual Funds on sale of equity shares in respect of MF schemes needs to be abolished, since Mutual Funds are ‘pass through vehicles’

Removal of Double Taxation of STT on Equity Oriented Funds and ETFs AMFI BUDGET PROPOSALS 2018-19 Reviewed by S. Chitra on January 26, 2018 Rating: 5 AMFI-   Association of Mutual Funds in India BUDGET PROPOSALS FOR FY 2018-19 Removal of Double Taxation of STT on Equity Oriented...

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