Coins imported to Indian exchanges will be subject to extra tax


Due to the new rule, several Indian crypto exchanges that receive a supply of cryptocurrency from outside India to sell domestically may see their tax outgo increase.

Even if bitcoins are purchased on an Indian exchange, they will be subject to a 1% tax deducted at source, or TDS.

The way cryptocurrency trade works in India is that exchanges like WazirX, CoinDCX, and Coinswitch Kuber match buyers and sellers.

The majority of the supply of huge cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, on the other hand, is held by people who come to these exchanges solely to sell these assets.

“According to the government’s definition of TDS, all transactions will be taxed at 1%. This definition will also encompass transactions in which exchanges allow sellers or buyers to sell their crypto assets to a buyer,” said Gaurav Mehta, the founder of Catax, a cryptocurrency tax consulting service.

Last week, the finance minister announced a 30% income tax on digital currency profits.

In addition, the government imposed a 1% TDS on digital assets. The government, on the other hand, did not use the term “cryptocurrency” in the budget recommendations, instead referring to virtual digital assets.

The government was considering include cryptocurrency in the tax code. In the forthcoming budget, the government intends to change current income tax and transparency rules to incorporate terminology like bitcoin.

From this year forward, the government has seeking advice from prominent tax advisors on whether money gained from trading or investing in cryptocurrencies might be classified as business income rather than capital gains.

This tax will apply to all transactions, and because there is no clear way for exchanges to pass it on to their Indian purchasers, they will have to absorb it, reducing their profitability. Because India does not mine for coins like Bitcoin or Ethereum, most exchanges import cryptocurrency from elsewhere.

Many exchanges are awaiting clarification on the TDS.

“At the moment, we’re solely doing business in India with our fiat money” (INR). Outside of India, we don’t have any buy/sell or traders. The Finance Ministry’s proposed 1% TDS will require greater clarification in the future as to the nature of taxing events.

We’ll be able to remark on this once India’s policymakers have provided us with sufficient clarification.” According to Shivam Thakral, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange BuyUcoin.

According to industry watchers, the cryptocurrency tax is causing a slew of issues for exchanges and even buyers.

According to tax experts, the newly enacted law aiming at taxing cryptocurrency will have an influence on reward points and other in-app payments given by social media businesses, dating and gaming apps.

As a result of the government’s broad definition of virtual digital assets, social media companies like Meta, dating apps like Gleenden, and even gaming applications could see a 1% tax deducted as source in the future.

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