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How to transfer shares from one demat account to another

Have you already opened a demat account? It’s time to learn how this eases the way you transfer shares from one demat account to another.

In fact, trading through a demat account is just like making transactions through a bank account. The only difference is that you transfer shares through the demat account instead of money.

You may want to transfer shares from one demat account to another. There may be multiple reasons for doing so. Some of them are:

1. You may have multiple demat accounts and would want to consolidate all the shares in a single account.

2. It could be just the opposite: you may want to separate the shares in different accounts. This is typically done for long-term plans like retirement or children’s education or marriage.

3. You may also want to switch from your current broker to a discount broker to save your current brokerage amount.

4. You may want to switch to a full service broker to get more reports and tips on a daily basis to increase your trading amount.

Read more: How to buy mutual funds online without demat account

Process to transfer shares from one demat account to another

We must first differentiate between two types of transfers based on two national depositories in India: NSDL and CDSL.

1. Intra-depository transfer: If the transfer is within a depository itself, it’s called intra-depository transfer.

2. Inter-depository Transfer: This is valid when the transfer is from one depository to another.

All shares can be transferred either manually or online.

Manual procedure

For the manual procedure, you will have to get the delivery instruction slip (DIS) from your broker. The DIS contains some mandatory fields that should be filled up to do the transfer of shares.

1. Beneficiary owner ID (BO ID): It’s the 16-digit ID of the broker. You will have to provide the ID of both current and new brokers in the slip.

2. International securities identification number (ISIN): It’s a unique ID number to identify each of your shares in the demat account. This number needs to be mentioned clearly to state which shares have to be actually transferred.

3. Mode of transfer: If the transfer happens to be intra-depository, you must choose the ‘off market transfer’ option. Otherwise, it’ll be ‘inter-depository transfer’.

Once you fill up all the above fields clearly in the form, you must put your signature below the form. The signature needs to exactly match the one in the database of the DP. After this, you need to submit this to the current broker. You may take a day or two to determine which shares to transfer to the new demat account.

The broker may apply some charges for this transfer. The amount may vary from one broker to another. However, if you close the demat account, the broker cannot charge any fees.

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Online procedure:

CDSL has a feature called EASIEST to help you transfer shares from one demat account to another online. You need to register yourself on this website before you can begin. The process is outlined in the following:

1. Click on ‘Register Online’ link

2. Select the option EASIEST

3. Fill in the details

4. Take a printout and give to the depository participant (DP)

5. The DP will further send it to the central depository, which will verify your details. You will get the login credentials in your email within a couple of days.

6. Login and see your broker list. Now, you can transfer your shares.

Tax implications when transferring shares:

Shares could transferred to the different demat accounts of the same individual or different persons. In case of transfer of shares to the same person, there will be no added tax liability.

Note that the capital gain tax will be counted from the initial date of purchase of the stock. The transfer date will not affect it.

Suppose you transfer shares in the account of different persons. You will have to clearly mention the reason for such transfers. There will be no extra tax liability if the transfer is backed via a gift deed and doesn’t exceed the limit. Here the tax liability will be from the date of the original purchase. This can be traced via the audit trail.

In case you transfer the shares that you have initially received via a demat transfer, you will be liable for capital gain tax.

What are you still waiting for? Go ahead and open a demat account today to enjoy the benefits of online trading.

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