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Stamp duty

Applies mainly to international equities. Taxes on foreign transactions, usually a percentage of total transaction amount, that can be unilateral or bilateral in nature.

Stamp Duty

A tax placed on legal documents upon transfer. For example, a stamp duty may be assessed on the deed to a house when it is sold before the deed can pass from the seller to the buyer. The term comes from the fact that governments used to place physical stamps on the legal documents as proof that the duty had been paid, but this practice is fairly uncommon now. Stamp duties are most common in some Commonwealth of Nations countries, such as Singapore and Australia, as well as in some U.S. states.

stamp duty

a UK TAX on the value of SHARES purchased on the STOCK MARKET.

stamp duty

a TAX levied on the purchase of an ASSET, such as a house or stocks and shares, etc., usually as a percentage of the purchase price. Currently (2005), for example, houses in the price range up to £120,000 are exempt from stamp duty; houses valued at between £120,000 and £249,000 incur stamp duty at 1%; between £250,000 and £499,000 the charge is 3%, and for properties over £500,000 stamp duty is levied at 4%. The rate for stocks and shares is 0.5% on the total value of the purchase. Stamp duty is usually used by the government to raise revenue, but occasionally it is used as a tool of FISCAL POLICY to, for example, dampen down the demand for houses.