India’s financial year 2022 budget will include a “cryptocurrency tax.” Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister, has proposed a 30% tax on all income from digital assets. Apart from acquisition fees, the official stated that no deductions or tax exemptions are permitted.
Nirmala Sitharaman also discussed the debut of the central bank’s digital currency (CBDC), which would eventually become legal money in the country.
India has now joined China and even Russia in lobbying for CBDCs. India is pursuing the development of its own digital currencies to enable international trade.
With this decision, many of the ambiguities surrounding cryptocurrencies have been resolved, ensuring that the government does not ban digital assets.
India has not guaranteed investors clarity about the cryptocurrency taxation system for a long time. Now, bitcoin buyers already know the specific tax framework they can refer to when it comes to their investments in virtual assets.
As they state to the media in their budget, “the proposed section 115BBH aims to ensure that in the event that the total income of the assessed person includes any income from the transfer of any virtual digital asset, the income tax due will be the sum of the amount of income-tax calculated on the income from the transfer of any virtual digital asset at the rate of 30% and the amount of income tax to which the taxed person would be subject, if the total income of the assessed person were reduced by the sum of the income from the transfer of the virtual digital asset’.
“Tax transparency is a positive step forward. Overall, we are relieved to see our government taking a forward-thinking approach to development and innovation. The government primarily legitimises the enterprise by imposing taxes. The majority of people, particularly organisations that have been hesitant to join in the bitcoin market due to uncertainties, will now be allowed to do so. Overall, this is a positive step for the sector,” said WazirX founder and CEO Nischal Shetty.
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