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Stamp Act 1815


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  1. Introductory Text

  2. II.Duties specified in Schedule annexed to be levied.

  3. III.Duties to be under the Management of Commissioners of Stamps, who are to provide Stamps, &c.

  4. IV.Old Stamps may be used to denote new Duties, and Two or more Stamps to denote One Duty till single Stamp provided.

  5. V.Paper, &c. stamped with former Duties may be used for Instruments charged with new Duties of same Amount.

  6. VI.Stamped Paper, &c. rendered useless by this Act may be exchanged or have additional Stamps.

  7. VII.Forgery of Stamps, &c. Felony.

  8. VIII.Powers and Provisions of former Acts to extend to this Act.

  9. IX.Provisions of former Acts respecting Agreements to be applied only to those charged, with it.

  10. X.Instruments having wrong Stamps, but of sufficient Value, to be valid.

  11. XI.Penalty for making, accepting, or paying Bills of Exchange, &c. not duly stamped, 50l.

  12. XII.Penalty for post-dating Bills of Exchange, &c, 100l.

  13. XIII.Penalty for issuing unstamped Drafts on Bankers, without specifying the Place where issued, or if post-dated, 100l.

  14. XIV.Promissory Notes to Bearer, on Demand, not exceeding 100l., may be reissued by the original Makers without further Duty.

  15. XV.Such Notes not liable to further Duty, though reissued by certain Persons not strictly the original Makers.

  16. XVI.Notes re-issuable under 48 or 53 G.3 to continue re-issuable till End of Three Years from the Date.

  17. XVII.Notes with printed Dates prior to Aug. 31, 1813, to be re-issuable till Aug. 31, 1816.

  18. XVIII.Penalty on issuing Notes in future with printed Dates, 5l.

  19. XIX.Notes re-issuable for a limited Period to be cancelled on Payment afterwards; and Notes not re-issuable to be cancelled immediately on Payment.

  20. XX.Notes and Bills of the Bank of England exempted from Stamp Duty.

  21. XXI.Bank of England to pay a Composition for the Duties on their Bills and Notes.

  22. XXII.A new Composition to be made when the Bank resume Cash Payments.

  23. XXIII.The Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland, and British Linen Company, may issue small Notes on unstamped Paper, accounting for the Duties.

  24. XXIV.Re-issuable Notes not to be issued by Bankers or others, without a Licence.

  25. XXV.No Banker to take out more than Four Licences for any Number of Towns in Scotland.

  26. XXVI.Several Towns in England may be included in One Licence, In certain Cases.

  27. XXVII.Persons applying for Licences to deliver Specimens of their Notes.

  28. XXVIII.Licences to continue in force notwithstanding Alteration in Partnerships.

  29. XXIX.Promissory Notes made out of Great Britain not to be negotiable unless stamped.

  30. XXX.Conveyances of Property contracted to be sold before April 12, 1808, exempted from ad valorem Duty.

  31. XXXI.Releases and Conveyances of Annuities, &c. exempted from the ad valorem Duty on the Repurchase.

  32. XXXII.The Duty on Fire Insurances to be collected by the Companies undertaking same.

  33. XXXIII.Quarterly Accounts to be rendered by Insurance Companies, containing certain Particulars.

  34. XXXIV.Insurance Companies may make up the Accounts to their own Quarter Days.

  35. XXXV.Country Insurance Companies to transmit Accounts immediately to the Commissioners of Stamps, if required.

  36. XXXVI.Allowance to the Insurance Companies for collecting Duties.

  37. XXXVII.Penalty for not proving Wills, or taking Letters of Administration, within a given Time, 100l. and 10 per Cent, on the Duty.

  38. XXXVIII.Ecclesiastical Courts not to grant Probates or Letters of Administration, without Affidavit of the Value of Effects.

  39. XXXIX.Affidavits to be free of Stamp Duty, and to be transmitted to Commissioners of Stamps.

  40. XL.Provision for the Case of too high a Stamp Duty being, paid on Probates, &c.

  41. XLI.Provision for the Case of too little Stamp Duty being paid on Probates, &c.

  42. XLII.Administrator to give the proper Security before Administration is duly stamped.

  43. XLIII.Penalty on Executors, &c. not paying the full Duty on Probates, &c. in a given Time after Discovery of too little paid at first, 100l. and 10 per Cent, on the Duty wanting.

  44. XLIV.Ecclesiastical Courts not to take Surrenders of Probates, &c. on the Ground only of wrong Duty paid thereon.

  45. XLV.Commissioners of Stamps may give Credit for the Duty on Probates and Letters of Administration in certain Cases.

  46. XLVI.Commissioners may extend the Credit, if necessary.

  47. XLVII.Probate or letters of Administration stamped on Credit to be deposited with the Commissioners.

  48. XLVIII.Duty for which Credit shall be given to be a Debt to the Crown.

  49. XLIX.Provision for the Case of Letters of Administration de bonis non taken out before Payment of the Duty for which Credit shall he given.

  50. L.Directions concerning Affidavits by Executors, &c. residing out of England relating to Trust Property.

  51. LI.A Return of Duty on Probates, &c. to be made in respect 6f Debts if claimed in Three Tears.

  52. LII.Affidavits relating to Stamp Duties, if no express Provision, to be made before Commissioners, &c.

  53. LIII.Penalty for Perjury.

  54. LIV.Exempting Ginger and Peppermint Lozenges and other Confectionery from Stamps, unless avowedly sold as Medicines.

  55. LV.The Duties to be paid to the Receiver General, and by him into the Exchequer.


      1. PART THE FIRST:


      3. PART THE THIRD:


      1. Containing the Duties on LAW PROCEEDINGS.




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