What is the Denotation of Stamp Duty in sale deed registration in Karnataka?

The denotation of Stamp duty: the stamp duty paid for sale agreement is offset in the stamp duty payable for sale deed registration.


A sale Agreement is executed before the Sale Deed registration. A Sale Agreement including details of seller, buyer, consideration amount and outline terms & conditions of sale.

The stamp duty for Sale agreement is 0.5% of the consideration amount. We can pay the Stamp Duty in three modes:

  • Registration
  • E -Stamp
  • Adjudication

The Stamp Duty for Sale Deed registration is 5.6% (including surcharge & Cess). The 0.5% stamp duty paid for Sale Agreement is reduced in the 5.6% Stamp Duty payable for Sale Deed Registration

The formula is, Stamp Duty for Sale Deed (5.6%) - Sale Agreement Denotation (0.5%) = Stamp Duty payable for Sale Deed Registration (5.1%)

Hence after the Denotation, the stamp duty payable is only 5.1% for Sale Deed registration


Let me share my experience to understand the Denotation of Stamp Duty in Karnataka


  • The buyers are husband and wife, both aged 29 years and working for an IT company in Electronic City, Bangalore.
  • The sellers are father and son, both are OCI status holders and living in California, USA
  • The property is a 3BHK flat in Godrej E-City apartment in Electronic City. The buying price is Rs.1.28 Cr
  • The buyer's proposed payment plan is:
  • Down payment: Rs.2,38,240
  • Loan: Rs.95,00,000
  • TDS: Rs.30,61,760


Buyers visited the property and within 2 days of the property visit, they decided to proceed with the sale. Buyers paid the down payment of Rs. 1 lakh to confirm deal

Sellers shared the following property documents for verification

  • Sale deed (of how the sellers acquired the property from builder)
  • Tax receipt
  • Khata
  • ID proof (Aadhaar and PAN)

The buyers are satisfied with document verification. We followed the below procedure to execute the Sale Agreement:

  • Drafted the Sale Agreement in Word document
  • We emailed the draft to buyers and sellers for confirmation
  • The seller took the printout of the Sale Agreement draft in USA + Father and Son Signed the Sale Agreement on all pages and couriered it to India
  • In India, we received the package in 5 working days through DHL + Buyers signed the Sale agreement on all pages + Two witnesses signed last page of sale agreement
  • The Godrej e-city flat is located in Jayanagar District Jurisdiction; hence we can adjudicate the sale agreement at any sub-registrar office located under Jayanagar District Jurisdiction. Such as Jayanagar, Bommanahalli, Begur, RR Nagar, BTM Layout and some more. I choose to adjudicate in the Jayanagar sub-registrar office.
  • We must pay Stamp Duty on the Khajane -2 website. The Stamp Duty value is 0.5% of the buying price, that is Rs. 1.28 Cr * 0.5% = 64,000

When generating the Khajane-2 challan for adjudication, we should be conscious of three important factors and we should not make any mistakes on this;

  • Sub-Registrar office
  • Purpose
  • Stamp Duty amount

We heightened the above three factors in our below Khajane-2 Challan for your reference


To adjudicate the Sale Agreement in sub-registrar office, buyer and seller presence is not mandatory. We don’t need to get an appointment, we can just walk-in with sale agreement and Khajane -2 Challan

In our case, sellers and buyers were not preset, we carried the Sale Agreement and above Khajane-2 Challan to Jayanagar Sub-registrar office.

The staff in the sub-registrar office enters the challan number in the computer and prints the adjudication certificate. It took us around 30 minutes to complete adjudication work (productive time is just 5 minutes, rest is the waiting time)

Refer to the below adjudication Certificate, We highlighted 0.5% Stamp Duty of Rs. 64,000 in below image


We would like to mention, why we chose Adjudication for Sale Agreement instead of registration or e-stamp, following are the reasons

  • To register a sale agreement, seller and buyer must present in sub-registrar office but in our context sellers are living in USA. Hence we ruled out the registration option
  • If we execute the Sale Agreement in e-stamp paper. it will incur two-way shipment costs and longer lead time.

For example: We buy e-stamp paper in Bangalore + print the Sale agreement on e-stamp paper + courier it to USA + sellers sign the sale agreement and courier back to India for buyers to sign and process the home loan application. The shipment direction is two-way from Bangalore - USA - Bangalore, it would cost me around Rs.10,000 and 15 working days. Whereas in adjudication. we will email the draft to seller; the seller take printout in USA + sign + courier it to India for buyers to sign and home loan processing. The shipment direction is just one way from USA - Bangalore.


We would like to mention another important factor: Father and son are joint owners. The father is almost 89 years old and he is not in the condition to travel to India, he granted the General Power of Attorney (GPA) to Son to complete the Sale Deed registration in India.

When we worked on the above Sale Agreement draft, we worked on GPA draft parallel and emailed it to seller. The seller took the GPA draft prinout in USA, notarized the GPA and couriered the GPA along with the above sale agreement to India

In India, when we adjudicated the above Sale Agreement in Jayanagar sub-registrar office, we also adjudicated the GPA in Jayanagar District Registrar office which is located in the same building, just in one go, we completed both Sale Agreement and GPA together.

From the above action, our strategy is to avoid multiple international shipments and bring down overhead cost in adjudication work (as most people execute GPA just before sale deed registration and spend additional shipment cost for only GPA transit, whereas we club all international transit in one package and bringdown our overhead cost in adjudication)

Refer to our below GPA image:



The buyer applied for home loan in State Bank of India, Koramangala. The Bank representative demanded the following documents

  • Application form
  • Income proof (Last three-month salary slip)
  • ID proofs
  • Sale agreement (which we executed above)
  • Seller’s property documents (Sale Deed, Tax receipt, Khata and Encumbrance Certificate)

Our loan was sanctioned in a month, refer to the below cheque word Rs. 95 lakhs



To register the Sale Deed, we need to apply on Kaveri Online Service website, the application process is quite lengthy which includes property search, Schedule, Executant, Identifiers and calculation. The Denotation of Stamp Duty is part of the whole application process. We are going to cover only the Denotation of Stamp Duty below

Click on “Denotation of Stamp Duty”. Refer to the below image


Upload the Adjudication certificate, I uploaded all 7 pages of my Sale Agreement, including the Adjudication Certificate in a PDF less than 5 Mb. Refer to the below image


As mentioned above, we paid the Stamp Duty of Rs. 64,000 through Adjudication, we selected adjudication in the given options. (if you paid the Stamp Duty through e-stamp or registration, please select your option). Refer to the below image


Entered “Adjudication Reference number”, we highlighted the reference number in above Adjudication certificate. Entered the amount Rs.64,000. Refer to the below image


Click on Calculate, refer to the below image


This completes the procedure to apply for Denotation of Stamp Duty, further I would like to share my ground experience


After submitting our application to Kaveri Online Services, we downloaded the summary report which is not yet approved, my application number ends with 433 and we highlighted the application number below for our reference


Below is the calculation from my summary report, we highlighted the denotation of Stamp Duty Rs. 64,000 which means we have opted for denotation in this application.

My total payable amount is Rs. 7,81,255 including stamp duty & Registration Fee. We highlighted below