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Cryptocurrencies may attract 28% GST

Posted on 10 May 2022,    
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The crypto industry's tax distress in India may get worse as the government looks to expand indirect taxes on the space in the coming days.

The GST is said to be in addition to the 30% income tax on earnings from virtual digital asset (VDA) transactions that the government announced during the Union Budget in February this year. 1% TDS will also apply on crypto transfers from July 1, 2022.

The levy of 28% GST is another Shocker for the Crypto Currency coterie.

The matter is up for consideration by the GST Council's nominated law committee, before it puts forward the suggestions to the fitment committee and to the GST Council for a formal nod.

Cryptocurrencies may attract 28  GST

"There are various aspects of cryptocurrencies , the transactions involving cryptos like cryptos being used to make purchases, cryptos being received as payments. All these aspects are under examination and will be discussed by the law committee," sources said.

Selling cryptos from foreign exchanges to people in India is a service, and currently, is at 18 percent GST slab and classified as intermediary service. Post the discussion at the law committee, is likely to classify this under a different head of services, where it could attract 28 percent GST, if agreed upon by the law committee, fitment committee and the GST Council,"

The 28% GST is usually reserved for luxury goods and others that aren’t considered to be essential items. It is applied to gambling and lotteries, which is what parliamentarians in the country are likening crypto to when demanding this tax.

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