Cryptocurrency Becomes Taxable: A Step Towards Its Legalisation In India?


Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the union budget, has labelled cryptocurrency as digital assets and their transaction is now taxable by 30%. Whatever profit is earned out of the cryptocurrency and other digital assets, 30$ of direct tax will be levied, which is a heavy amount. Does this signal that cryptocurrency has been legalised in the country?

Cryptocurrency may be a digital payment system that does not deem banks to verify transactions. It’s a peer-to-peer system that will alter anyone anyplace to send and receive payments. Rather than being physical cash carried around and changed within the globe, cryptocurrency payments exist strictly as digital entries to internet info describing specific transactions. After the transfer of cryptocurrency funds, the transactions area unit is recorded during a public ledger. Cryptocurrency is held on in digital wallets.

Cryptocurrency received its name as a result of its use to verify transactions. This suggests advanced committal to writing is concerned with storing and transmission of cryptocurrency knowledge between wallets and to public ledgers. Cryptography aims to supply security and safety.

There had been always a question regarding the future of cryptocurrency in India. Even before the presentation of the budget, it said that govt will have a balanced approach towards cryptocurrency. However, calling cryptocurrency digital assets shows that government wants to continue with cryptocurrency that’s why they are taxing the gains out of it. 

Cryptocurrency, generally referred to as crypto, is any form of currency that exists digitally or just about and uses cryptography to secure transactions.

Cryptocurrencies haven’t got a central provision or regulation authority, instead of using a localized system to record transactions and issue new units.

What Finance Minister Said?

The Union finance minister emphasized the fact there has been a phenomenal increase in virtual digital assets, therefore, it is to bring it under the tax regime, hence she proposed 30% of the tax be levied on the transfer of such digital assets or gain.

Along with 30%, 1 percentage of TDS will be there to tack the transaction. These transactions are not allowed for any exemptions or deductions.

RBI’s Stand

Till now RBI is continuing to oppose the cryptocurrency and demands a complete ban because it feels it is not good for the micro stability of the economy. The central bank won’t be able to control cryptocurrency and it is somewhere an intervention in the powers of RBI as currency issuer.

Final Words

To legalize anything there has been a bill passed by both the parliament and one should understand this fact the finance minister has given kind of a hint but still nothing is crystal clear. There has been no clarification on who will be the regulators, who will form the structure, provision, etc. However without legalizing it and taxing it this step of government is too confusing. Call a confusion or dilemma but there has been some solid clarification on the legality of cryptocurrency before making it taxable so that in case of fraud or any odd circumstances the victim or appellate can approach the judiciary. Therefore the government should clear its stand on cryptocurrency.