India to Impose 18% Tax on Bitcoin Trading

The Government is planning to categorize Bitcoin as an intangible asset to collect $1 billion in BTC trading tax.

India’s Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), an important part of the Indian Finance Ministry has put forward a proposal to the Government to impose an 18% tax on Bitcoin trading in the country.

According to a report published by the Times of India, an estimated amount of the total Bitcoin transactions in India stands at around 40,000 crore INR ($5.5 billion), the newly proposed 18% good and services tax (GST) on Bitcoin transaction means at least 7,200 crore INR ($1 billion) additional tax revenue for the Government.

The report outlined that the CEIB has requested the Indian Government to recognize Bitcoin as an intangible asset to impose a GST levy on all Bitcoin transactions in the country. Currently, due to the lack of cryptocurrency regulations in India, the authorities have raised concerns about the usage of Bitcoin in illegal activities including money laundering and betting.

India is Asia’s third-largest economy and one of the fastest-growing economies around the world. Despite its potential, the country faced several regulatory challenges as far as the crypto market is concerned. The Reserve Bank of India imposed a ban on all banking transactions associated with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but earlier this year, the Supreme Court of India lifted the banking ban on cryptocurrency exchanges.

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“We saw 3X growth in the overall volume traded and saw 4X quarter-over-quarter growth in daily active users, in the Apr-Jun quarter. Overall, in Q2 and Q3, CoinDCX saw a 12% increase in signups and a 20% increase in volume. CoinDCX saw 21% Month on Month (MoM) growth in trade volume and 25% MoM growth in the number of users, in October,” CoinDCX mentioned in an announcement.

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