Dating of Revenue Stamps

A revenue stamp, tax stamp or fiscal stamp is a stamp used to collect taxes or fees. These are issued by Governments, national and local or by official bodies of various kinds. One of the earliest uses of revenue stamps was to pay Court Fees. Stamps were used in the Indian feudal states as early as 1797, almost 50 years before the first postal stamps. Their use became widespread in the 19th century, partly inspired by the success of the postage stamp and partly motivated by the desire to streamline government operations. The presence of a revenue stamp is an indication that the item in question had already paid the necessary fees. Governments would enforce the payment of the tax by making unstamped documents unenforceable in court. The tax would apply to contracts, tenancy agreements, wills etc.

India Security Press is a unit of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd. which is a wholly owned company of the Government of India. India Security Press, Nashik Road, is more than 80 years old establishment and was set up by British during Colonial rule, for printing of court fee, fiscal, postal, non-postal stamps and postal stationery items, at Nashik Road in 1925. It is under the administrative control of the General Manager, India Security Press, who is the Head of Department and also Ex-Officio Controller of Stamps of India. The Press is located at Nashik Road in the state of Maharashtra. The Central Stamp Depot, a part of India Security Press stocks the products of India Security Press and distributes them to various organizations in accordance with the indents received.

A revenue stamp means that it may contain security devices to prevent counterfeiting, which are regularly or at randomly changed with no fixed time interval to prevent forgers to prepare a fraudulent anti dated documents.

From the regular study for a long time, the writer could get success in establishing the probable date of circulation of a particular revenue stamp by the Govt. of India. However, it need not to be in confirmatory with the date of publication of that particular revenue stamp.