Indian Stamp Act, 1899


The scheme of the Stamp Act may be briefly noticed. Chapter II contains provisions about the liability of the instrument to duty, of the time of stamping instruments, of values for duty and provisions as to the officer to whom duty is payable. Chapter III which contains only two sections deals with the adjudication as to stamps. The first (s. 31) is where an instrument, whether executed or not and whether previously stamped or not, is brought to the Collector with an application to have his opinion as to the duty with which it is chargeable. For obtaining that opinion the applicant has to pay a fee.