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Is securities transaction tax(STT) levied on exchange traded funds (ETFs)?

Securities Transaction Tax is not applicable on GOLD ETFs, LIQUID/Gilt ETFs, and International ETFs. Refer to the ETF product brochure from NSE for more information.

For other ETFs the STT is -

  1. 0.001% on the sell side for delivery based trades (including sell leg of btst trade)
  2. 0.025% on the sell side for intraday (non-delivery based) trades

The STT non-applicability report on the NSE website has the list of scrips on which STT is not applicable. Refer here for more information.