Maharashtra Stamp Amendment Act 2015 Highlights

The Government of Maharashtra on 24th April 2014, issued further amendment to the Maharashtra Stamp Act, 1958 (“Act”) by way of the Maharashtra Stamp (Amendment) Act, 2015 (“Amendment Act”). Few of the main highlights of the Amendment Act are as under:

The Amendment Act introduces the procedure to regulate the use of e-­‐payment through  Government Receipt Accounting System (G.R.A.S.) for payment of stamp duty. [Section 10, 10D]

  • The liability for payment of duty on a works contract is cast upon the person receiving such contract. [Section 30]
  • The liability for payment of duty on a works contract is cast upon the person receiving such contract. [Section 30]
  • The maximum penalties that can be levied under Sections 31, 32A, 34 and 39is increased from double the deficient portion of stamp duty to four times the deficient portion of the stamp duty.
  • The Collector shall no longer have the power to refund any portion of the penalty imposed on impounded instruments under section 37 [Section 38 is deleted].
  • The new proviso substituted for the proviso under section 48 in effect clarifies that where an agreement for sale is stamped under Article 25 of Schedule I of the Act and is registered under the Registration Act and thereafter the agreement is cancelled by a registered cancellation for whatsoever reasons before taking the possession of the property which is the subject matter of such agreement, an application for relief for refund should be made within a period of five years of the execution of the agreement. However, such application has to be made within six months from the date of registration of cancellation deed.
  • Important modifications in the rates of Stamp Duties payable as per Schedule I are as under:
Sr. No.Article/Descriptionof
Provision under the Act
Provision under the
Amendment Act
1Article 12 AwardMaximum was Rs. 100Award being any decision in writing by an arbitrator or umpire, on a reference made otherwise than by an order of the Court in the course of a suit, being an award made as a result of a written agreement to submit present or future differences to Arbitration but not being an award directing partition -­‐ Five hundred rupees.
2Article 15
Instrument of Cancellation
Rs. 100
Rs. 500
3Article 34
Addition as under is made:
“Provided further that, if the residential and agricultural property is gifted to husband, wife, son, daughter, grandson, grand-­‐daughter,wife of deceased son, the amount of duty chargeable shall be rupees two hundred.”
4Article 39
Memorandum of Association of a company
(a) If accompanied by Articles of Association
(b) if not so accompanied

(a)Rs. 200
(b) The same duty as on articles of association
(a) Rs. 1000
(b)0.2 per cent. according to the share capital of the company, subject to minimum of rupees one thousand and maximum of rupees 50,00,000
5Article 47
Limited to Instruments of

Where the shareof
contribution brought in by
cash is in excess of Rs.
50,000 – Rs. 500 subject to
max of Rs. 5000
The new Article encompasses instrumentofanyLimitedLiabilityPartnershipandJointVenturetorunabusiness, earn profits and to share profits, whether in cash or in kind as well.

Where the share of contribution brought in by cash is in excess of Rs. 50,000 – 1% of the amount of share contribution subject to
max of Rs. 15000
6Article 48
Power of Attorney
(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) & (h) for procuring registration or admitting execution, suits and proceedings, generally for more than one transaction, etc
(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) & (h) Rs. 100

(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) & (h) Rs. 500

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