A recent publication by a local news outlet in India disclosed that the country’s Goods and Services Tax authority intends to place a 28% tax on the trading of Bitcoin. The country’s leaders announced their intention to place new tax rates on the trading of cryptocurrencies at the next GST gathering. The Goods and Services Tax Council, identified as the GST, is the country’s leading authoritative institution on various issues, including indirect taxes.
The authority appointed a legal panel to discuss the repercussions of the implementation
Various publications revealed that the authority nominated a legal panel to evaluate the impact of the implementation and deliver a proposal to the GST Authority for formal review and acceptance. Other legislative organs will then discuss the proposal leading to the implantation of the 28% tax rates on cryptocurrency trading if it is passed.
The proposition should be introduced at the upcoming GST council gathering. However, the date of the gathering is not ascertained. The recommendation follows a suggestion issued by Nirmala Sitharaman, the country’s Finance Minister, during the presentation of the 2022’s Union Budget. The minister proposed a 30% tax on the proceeds obtained from the trading of crypto assets and other assets. The budget further recommended that other than the cost of buying the assets, no other deductions shall be remitted.
The deductions cited in the budget included the ones highlighted in India’s Income Tax Act of 1961, and no losses from the transactions shall be required to neutralise the profits incurred. India further amended the Income Tax Act to include a portion that implements tax rules required during the trading of crypto assets.
The laws around crypto trading in India are unclear
The legal standing of crypto assets in the country is ambiguous because few laws regulate its trading. However, various investors maintained that the tax implementation legally authorised the trading of crypto assets in India. The Finance Minister, however, took a different approach stating that the taxing of the cryptocurrency transactions does not legalise its trading and that its fate is presently under discussion. In other regions of the country, there has been a surge in goods and services prices in India; thus, investors argue that the council is searching for methods to mitigate the rising prices of various assets.