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The Budget of 2022 has made the Cryptocurrency investors rife because of the imposition of 30% tax on them. However, mostly people are not aware that the proposed 30% tax is imposed on ‘virtual digital assets’ which includes assets other than just cryptocurrencies. This piece of information attempts to shed some light on the scope of ‘virtual digital assets’ and taxes that will be imposed on income gained from such assets.
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In simple words the scope of ‘virtual digital assets include the following:
The definition of virtual digital assets excludes Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), digital gold and any other tradition digital assets. This definition is mainly aimed at taxing cryptocurrencies.
The Finance Bill, 2022 has defined ‘virtual digital assets’ in the following manner:
Following are the changes brought about on taxing the income gained from Digital Virtual Assets
The step of imposing TDS on every transaction has been seen from the market players as a way of tracking the movement of money since there have been concerns about the transactions taking place for unlawful purposes. This also imposes an obligation on the market players to deduct the TDS and report the same to the government.
The market had a long pending demand from the government to provide clarifications about the taxation of the cryptocurrency.
The government is of the view that the usage of digital currency will lead to a more efficient and cheaper currency management system.
Many industry experts have said that by imposing a flat tax on the cryptocurrency at the rate of 30% including with tax on activities such as mining or gifting and no offsetting the loss from other incomes has provided the industry with much awaited clarity regarding the transactions made using virtual digital asset, especially cryptocurrency. However, the industry has cautioned that in the absence of central regulator, it will become difficult for the government to keep a track on such transactions.
Some experts say that the flat tax rate imposed on the virtual digital asset is in line with the taxes imposed on the activities such as winning made from lottery, puzzles, game shows etc.
Leaders from the stock exchanges have thanked the government for the much expected clarity on the taxation aspect of the virtual digital asset and appreciated the intent of the government in protecting the interests of both the consumers and the exchequer.
Other leaders see the move to tax the crypto currencies as a step ahead in legitimising the crypto sector which will pave the way for building a strong crypto ecosystem in India. This will remove the apprehensions of banking sector in extending financial services to the crypto sector.
However, the industry wants some clarity on the following issues:
The industry hopes that the government will give enough time to the exchanges and other related businesses to integrate their system with the proposed changes such as TDS deduction and Bookkeeping.
While one half of the industry is thankful to the government in providing clarity and predictable tax regime providing the much required stability to the crypto industry but at the same time imposition of a flat 30% tax rate on the income generated from it and further not allowing the investors to set off the loss against the other income is seen as a discouraging move for the investors making investments in the virtual digital asset. This aspect of high taxation and restrictions on setting off losses is not in line with the expectations from the government.
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Prabhat has done his BA LLB (Hons) and has been writing research papers since his law school days. His interest in content writing made him pursue a career in legal research and content writing. His core areas of interest are indirect taxes, finance and real estate.
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