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Stockbrokers ask govt to reduce STT, abolish dividend tax

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Association of National Exchanges Members of (ANMI) has urged the ministry to reduce STT and abolish dividend for growth of the capital markets.

The national body of stockbrokers said the Securities (STT) has impacted generation and escalated cost of for clients.

"We have urged the ministry to give a rebate on STT, which has impacted volumes and generation and escalated cost of for clients.

"STT is the biggest cost component for a participant, accounting for more than half the total cost of transaction for a investor," ANMI president K Suresh said.

The need of the hour is to channelise small savings, like the amount lying in the Yojana, accounts into appropriate financial products, which would not only fire up the agenda of financial inclusion but also strengthen India's capital market, he said on the sidelines of the 9th International Convention held here.

In no other global capital market the taxes on transactions are so high when compared to total transaction cost of doing business in In 2016-17, the government collected Rs 8,358 crore from STT as against Rs 7,350 in 2015-16, he said.

"STT is a burden on equity transactions. STT was introduced in lieu of the capital gain But, the business had dried up after the levy of STT," BSE managing director and CEO Ashishkumar Chauhan said.

Abolition of dividend distribution tax (DDT) and amendment to Section 14A, Rule 8(d) of the Rules are the two other demands for reforms by ANMI.

DDT is levied at almost 20 per cent on the company for distribution of dividend to its shareholders.

The tax burden for brokerages has been increasing over the last three years - it has risen to 18 per cent currently from 12 per cent, ANMI said.

ANMI has said market intermediaries like sub-brokers be exempted from registration under GST as they don't raise any invoice for clients directly but only through the brokerage.

Stating that the stock broking community is the backbone of the capital market, ANMI reiterated its demand to give an industry status to the broking business.

Chauhan said there was an urgent need to increase trading hours for Indian market participants to take advantage of the developments after the exchange closing hours of 3:30 pm.

"Why are Indian participants deprived of the benefits of the corporate or regulatory developments when the same is allowed for overseas traders on exchanges abroad? By the time Indian participants wake up, the entire benefit is taken by foreign investors in overseas exchanges," Chauhan said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 19:42 IST