What is the difference between Long term and Short term capital gains tax?

Long term capital gains (LTCG) tax is charged on profits from capital assets sold in the long term. LTCG tax is higher than STCG tax. Holding assets like property, unlisted shares, physical gold, e-gold for 3 years or more makes it a long term transaction; lesser than that is short term. This is 1 year in case of listed shares, equity funds, listed bonds, debt funds and gold funds; lesser than that is short term.

For current capital gains tax rates refer to table.

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