Crypto sector urges govt to cut TDS to 0.1%, also reduce 30% income tax

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CoinDCX CEO and Co-Founder Sumit Gupta argued for bringing down the TDS on payments towards gains arising from crypto trading from the current 1% as it would hurt retail investors.

Crypto sector urges govt to cut TDS to 0.1%, also reduce 30% income tax

The crypto industry has urged the government to reduce the TDS on payments towards gains arising from trading in cryptocurrencies to 0.01 or 0.05 percent, from the proposed 1 percent, saying it will hurt retail traders. CoinDCX CEO and Co-Founder Sumit Gupta said 30 percent tax on income from cryptocurrencies is on the higher side and should be reduced.

"At the industry (level), we are engaging with the government and have submitted a presentation on how 30 per cent tax and more than that, 1 per cent TDS is detrimental to the growth of the industry. It will lock up capital for traders and suck liquidity from market. If liquidity is not there, retail investors will suffer," Gupta told reporters. Meanwhile, he said CoinDCX is also engaging with the traders on its platform to comply with the new tax norms.

"We will try to make it simple at our end but we still continue to engage and keep the dialogue open with the government asking them to bring down TDS (tax deducted at source) to 0.01 or 0.05 per cent. Income Tax of 30 per cent is also on the higher side, which we are requesting them to bring down," Gupta said. Budget 2022 has made it very clear that it intends to tax crypto assets quite heavily.

From April 1, a 30 percent income tax plus cess and surcharges is being levied on such transactions as done in the case of winnings from horse races or other speculative transactions. Budget 2022 also proposed 1 per cent TDS on payments towards virtual currencies beyond Rs 10,000 in a year and taxation of such gifts in the hands of the recipient. The threshold limit for TDS would be Rs 50,000 a year for specified persons, which include individuals/HUFs who are required to get their accounts audited under the I-T Act.

The provisions related to 1 percent TDS will come into effect from July 1, 2022, while the gains will be taxed effective April 1.

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