investor, treating profit from shares as short- or long-term capital gains. Kindly inform whether STT, service tax, stamp duty, etc., charged in the contract note for transaction done through a stock exchange is to be added while calculating the cost price while buying. Similarly, will the net consideration after deducting STT, service tax, etc, be considered as sale value?
— Vimal Modi
The cost of acquisition of shares would include expenses incurred on purchase of shares like service tax, stamp duty, brokerage, etc., except STT. Similarly, consideration received on sale of shares should be after deduction of service tax, stamp duty, brokerage, etc., except STT.
Section 48 of the Income Tax Act states that while computing the income chargeable under the head ‘capital gains’, any payment made for securities transaction is not allowed as expenditure.
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