Quick Telecast
Expect News First

Tech start-up body writes to FM seeking crypto tax provisions in Budget

0 34




Technology start-up industry representative IndiaTech has told Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that it is critical for the Union Budget to clearly lay down taxation clarity around crypto assets by formally naming them in tax laws besides the method of taxation and their disclosures.


The budget document should also name and classify cryptocurrencies to be defined as digital assets and not currencies and grant them recognition as digital assets, the industry body has suggested.





The letter, parts of which has been reviewed by Business Standard, lists nine recommendations to regulate crypto companies in the country.


IndiaTech said that crypto assets should draw from direct tax definitions in the budget and GST should be levied only on the platform fees of the exchanges. “Ideally, 18 per cent on the platform commission. GST should be levied on the brokerage or exchange fees (like it happens in stock markets) and not on the transaction value.”


The letter comes on the backdrop of larger tax demands being slapped on crypto companies by the GST department in the past one week. While WazirX has coughed up Rs 49 crore of unpaid taxes, sources say crypto unicorn CoinSwitch Kuber may be facing a higher ask as the platform engages in buying and selling of crypto assets.


The letter also recommended that appropriate FEMA Regulations and assigned HS Codes should be applied for the treatment of such cryptos purchased from persons outside India and Indian start-up exchanges may be given the status of Authorised Dealers. It also said that that FDI in crypto companies should be capped at 74 per cent, similar to the banking sector.


“Additionally, for individuals holding crypto assets at the end of the Financial Year, similar disclosure requirements as recently introduced by the Ministry of Corporate affairs for companies holding crypto assets may be introduced by means of an equivalent provision similar to Schedule AL in the Income Tax Return to enable all individuals filing returns to mandatorily disclose such crypto asset holdings,” the letter stated.


“There also exists a possibility that some of crypto assets may possibly be owned by certain individuals/organisations through past mining. These should ideally be treated as self- generated assets in which case cost of acquisition may be computed appropriately,” it added.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor






Technology start-up industry representative IndiaTech has told Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that it is critical for the Union Budget to clearly lay down taxation clarity around crypto assets by formally naming them in tax laws besides the method of taxation and their disclosures.


The budget document should also name and classify cryptocurrencies to be defined as digital assets and not currencies and grant them recognition as digital assets, the industry body has suggested.





The letter, parts of which has been reviewed by Business Standard, lists nine recommendations to regulate crypto companies in the country.


IndiaTech said that crypto assets should draw from direct tax definitions in the budget and GST should be levied only on the platform fees of the exchanges. “Ideally, 18 per cent on the platform commission. GST should be levied on the brokerage or exchange fees (like it happens in stock markets) and not on the transaction value.”


The letter comes on the backdrop of larger tax demands being slapped on crypto companies by the GST department in the past one week. While WazirX has coughed up Rs 49 crore of unpaid taxes, sources say crypto unicorn CoinSwitch Kuber may be facing a higher ask as the platform engages in buying and selling of crypto assets.


The letter also recommended that appropriate FEMA Regulations and assigned HS Codes should be applied for the treatment of such cryptos purchased from persons outside India and Indian start-up exchanges may be given the status of Authorised Dealers. It also said that that FDI in crypto companies should be capped at 74 per cent, similar to the banking sector.


“Additionally, for individuals holding crypto assets at the end of the Financial Year, similar disclosure requirements as recently introduced by the Ministry of Corporate affairs for companies holding crypto assets may be introduced by means of an equivalent provision similar to Schedule AL in the Income Tax Return to enable all individuals filing returns to mandatorily disclose such crypto asset holdings,” the letter stated.


“There also exists a possibility that some of crypto assets may possibly be owned by certain individuals/organisations through past mining. These should ideally be treated as self- generated assets in which case cost of acquisition may be computed appropriately,” it added.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! Quick Telecast is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave a comment
buy kamagra buy kamagra online
Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro

Ads Blocker Detected!!!

We have detected that you are using extensions to block ads. Please support us by disabling these ads blocker.

Powered By
Best Wordpress Adblock Detecting Plugin | CHP Adblock