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Indian association seeks clarity on crypto tax laws in Union Budget 2022-2023

India has no laws governing crypto assets. The crypto exchange industry is urging the government to clarify crypto laws to enable them to pay taxes appropriately. The post Indian association seeks clarity on crypto tax laws in Union Budget 2022-2023 appeared first on Bankless Times. ...

IndiaTech, an industry association representing consumer internet start-ups in India, has written to the finance minister seeking clarity in cryptocurrency taxation laws in Union Budget 2022-2023.

Letter to the finance minister

The association asked for an explanation in a letter to the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. The letter comes against the setting of a much-deferred Cryptocurrency Bill 2021, which was to be presented in the recently closed winter meeting of the Parliament.

The trade association also requested the public authority to change tax laws to cover crypto resources. The major cryptocurrency exchanges represented by the group include CoinSwitch Kuber, WazirX, and CoinDCX.

IndiaTech president and chief executive, Rameesh Kailasam said: “The budget should ideally offer coherent rules on direct taxation and the GST Council should detail the applicability of taxation, else there will be confusion. Basically, the line of thinking is that we shouldn’t be waiting for a bill alone and the Budget should begin the process.” 

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Cryptocurrency exchanges blamed for evading tax payment

Some digital currency exchanges have been blamed for sidestepping goods and services tax (GST). India’s Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGI) is examining a few crypto firms for evading to pay tax.

The DGGI scrutinized significant digital money trades recently and found “huge” GST aversion. As per reports, the raid uncovered tax avoidance, adding up to Rs 70 crore ($9.4 million). The inability to pay taxes appropriately has been credited to an absence of comprehension of assessment guidelines, as shown by crypto trades.

The industry has encouraged the finance minister to acknowledge cryptocurrencies as digital assets, not currencies. Right now, there is no assurance concerning how digital forms of money are taxed in India, fundamentally due to disarray on whether they ought to be treated as monetary standards, protections, or another sort of resource.

Income tax on various crypto assets ranges between 10% to 35%. GST rates could also rely upon how cryptos are categorized.

The government noted that plans are underway to change the income tax act and ensure all gains from cryptocurrency transactions are taxed.

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