Blockchain Services May Be Taxed By The GST Council

Several media outlets recently reported that the GST council is considering a 28% tax on cryptocurrency, similar to the current GST on online gaming, casinos, betting, and lottery.

Definition Of Cryptocurrency In The GST

According to those sources, services such as crypto mining, as well as sales and purchases, will be subject to the 28% GST.

Blockchain Services May Be Taxed By The GST Council

Because there is no clear definition of cryptocurrency in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) law, and since there is no law governing such virtual digital currencies, the categorization must consider if the legal framework qualifies it as an ‘actionable claim’ or not.

A litigable claim is a claim that a creditor can assert against a debt that is not secured by a mortgage on real property.

The central government may levy a 28 percent goods and services tax (GST) on cryptocurrency transactions at the upcoming GST Council meeting if the proposal passes,

The next GST Council meeting is yet to be determined. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed a 30% income tax on earnings from virtual digital asset transactions in the Union Budget for FY2022-23.

According to the standards, such income is taxable even if the taxpayer’s total income is less than Rs 2.50 lakh. On April 1, 2022, this proposal went into effect.

The Budget for 2022-23 also proposed a 1% TDS on virtual currency payments exceeding Rs 10,000 per year, as well as taxes on such presents in the hands of the recipient. The laws relating to 1% TDS will take effect on July 1, 2022, and gains will be taxed on April 1 of that year.

However, there were several aspects of crypto mining, such as GST, sale, purchase, and exchange value, that were uncertain.

If the proposal passes, such services will almost certainly be subject to a 28 percent GST.
The Global Cryptocurrency Market: Meanwhile, the global crypto market has rebounded slightly.

Bitcoin (BTC), the leading cryptocurrency, went up 0.78 percent in the last 24 hours to $31,326.37. Ethereum (ETH) was also trading higher at $2,366.90, up 1.83 percent.

SafeFloki (SFK) was trading at $0.0000000001245, up 569.75 percent.
NeorderDAO (N3DR) was the worst performer, dropping 98.79 percent to $0.0005162.

Dogecoin (DOGE) was trading at $0.1103, up 1.45%. It has a volume-to-market-cap ratio of 0.1015. Shiba Inu (SHIB), a competitor, was also up 9.47 percent at $0.00001634.

Meanwhile, on its e-commerce used car website, SBI Motor Japan, a subsidiary of SBI Africa Co Ltd, will begin accepting Bitcoin (BTC) and Ripple (XRP) crypto payments.

Conclusion

RBI has instructed its own regulated companies (such as banks) to avoid offering fiat (INR) on and off-ramp services to individuals or businesses dealing in cryptocurrencies. This makes it impossible to acquire or sell cryptocurrencies in INR through banks.

Despite these constraints, India ranks among the top five countries in the world in terms of currency owned (albeit these cannot be traded at the moment), with 44 percent of the global share.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Bitcoin and its still-developing state, one thing is certain: Bitcoin will take time to gain wide acceptance as money or means of exchange in India.

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