Bitcoin Future in India: No Ban on Cryptocurrency, You May Have to Pay Taxes, Say Sources

By November 25, 2021Bitcoin Business
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India has over 20 million crypto account holders, more than the stock market, and a cumulative  investment of Rs 6 lakh crore. (File Photo)
India has over 20 million crypto account holders, more than the stock market, and a cumulative investment of Rs 6 lakh crore. (File Photo)

The central government may not go for a blanket ban on cryptocurrency in India, according to sources. To regulate cryptocurrency trading in the country, the central government is all set to bring a new bill during the upcoming winter session in the Parliament. The central government had earlier formed the panel to study the issues related to digital currencies and propose specific actions regarding the crypto coins. Earlier in May, finance minister had said that a very calibrated position will be taken on crypto and digital currency as the world is moving rapidly with technology.

The much-awaited cryptocurrency bill is likely to prohibit all the private cryptocurrencies in India, with certain exceptions, according to the bulletin mentioned in the Lok Sabha website. The inter-ministerial panel has recommended that all private cryptocurrencies, except any virtual currencies issued by state, will be prohibited in India, according to reports.

However, industry experts believed that there will not be a ‘blanket ban’ on cryptocurrency in India. “The market cap of bitcoin is more than $1 trillion. Over the years it has transformed from being a speculative instrument to a store of value. All other cryptocurrencies are compared with bitcoin for reference. Government had earlier stated that they were looking to categorise crypto based on use cases. Going by that analogy, it is most likely that bitcoin will be considered an asset class," said Edul Patel, CEO and co-founder of Mudrex, A global crypto investing platform.

Tax on Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies are not taxed in India currently, but taxpayers do need to declare their gains from investments in crypto. The rules and regulations around taxation on cryptocurrency are still at a nascent stage and will take some more time before it takes a firm shape. On taxation of cryptocurrencies in India, Kristin Boggiano, Member of Blockchain and Crypto Assets Council (BACC) said, “We believe that the gains derived from cryptocurrencies held for more than 36 months will be classified as long-term capital gains. However, the gains you make over a shorter period of time will be classified as short-term gains. The tax rate on these gains will vary depending on various factors like how much more popular Crypto investment is getting in India, its effect on Government’s net value, impact on the exchange rates of INR Vs. other international ones amongst several other such."

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