India: 30% Tax To Be Imposed On Cryptocurrency Income

With the new month came new taxation policies in India. The news making the rounds in February is that the government of India has placed a 30% fee on all income generated during the transfer of crypto. In India, the highest tax charged on income is 30%.

Taxation On Cryptocurrency Income

Nirmala Sitharaman, the minister of finance for the country, made this decision known in a speech delivered on Monday. In the meeting, the minister stated that 2022-2033 will witness the taxation of various online transactions. Before this time, cryptocurrencies and digital assets were not taxed. Henceforth, levies will be put on income from NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) and digital assets.

In addition to the 30% that would be charged on gains, a 1% levy will also be removed from the source. According to the official, a 1% fee will be charged on cryptocurrency transfer fees. Individuals receiving crypto gifts will also be targeted as there will be taxation on these gifts.

Compared to the charge on gains from cryptocurrency, the charge on the stock gain is just 15%. 

The taxation on crypto gains and digital assets shows that the government has recognized the importance and value of cryptocurrency. Previously, many persons were skeptical whether the nation would stop the use of crypto or not. 

The taxation news has been confirmed by the owner of Binance, Changpeng Zhao. He tweeted that the cryptocurrency has now been recognized in India. 

The Twitter community reacted with many complaining that the charge was expensive. Other users also noted the fee falls within the range of taxes imposed on cryptocurrency by other nations.

India To Launch A Digital Rupee

India has decided to join the digital revolution by releasing a digital currency from its Central Bank. India’s Finance Minister also announced this. This digital money will be released within the year.

Sitharaman informed lawmakers that introducing this currency will favor the nation’s digital economy and increase the efficiency of its management system. 

The country has lots of financial plans for the year 2022-2023. Placing taxation on the cryptocurrency market is part of the government’s effort to tame the ever-increasing activities in the crypto industry. 

India is not the only country to have placed a tax on crypto; Thailand set a 15% tax on cryptos in January. There are still other countries that are yet to place taxes on cryptocurrencies. The crypto community can be expecting other countries to release their tax policy later on.

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