India wants to tax cryptocurrencies at 18% and increase the government budget

India wants to tax cryptocurrencies at 18% and increase the government budget

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs in India has recently received a proposal classifying the taxation of cryptocurrencies.


29 Dec 2020 , 13:23 @ Katie Müller

India wants to tax cryptocurrencies at 18% and increase the government budget

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs in India has recently received a proposal classifying the taxation of cryptocurrencies.
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The Indian daily TOI published today an information revealing plans for the taxation of crypto transactions. This proposal was submitted by the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), which is a component of the Ministry of Finance.

The CEIB relies mainly on the fact that the government can, according to current estimates, obtain approximately Rs 40,000 crore ($ 5.4 billion) annually in this way.

According to this proposal, Bitcoins and cryptocurrencies would belong to the class of intangible assets ’and they could impose a GST fee on all crypto transactions, which is charged on the margins made in its trading.

As we recently informed you after India lifted the two-year ban on crypto trade, the country has seen a huge increase in interest. Just a few months after the ban was lifted, the country saw a weekly  turnover in cryptocurrency trading worth $ 1 million.

So, in the summer of this year, the Indian government considered banning the crypto trade again, as the country was losing rare revenues as it did not come up with a regulatory and tax mechanism.

At present, therefore, it is highly likely that this new proposal on the taxation of cryptocurrencies will be adopted and enter into force.

Read also: Russian economist, A. Aksakov expects many big companies to release their own stablecoins next year

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