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    Indian government may double tax on crypto, report says

    Abstract:Currently, crypto earnings are taxed as capital gains, which stand at 20%, while business income rates reach as high as 42%.

      The Indian government is mulling the taxation of cryptocurrencies as business income, in a decision which could double the tax burden on investors, according to a local report.

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    •   Currently, crypto earnings are taxed as capital gains, which stand at 20%, while business income rates reach as high as 42%.

    •   Taxing each crypto transaction rather than a single levy upon liquidation of assets is also under consideration, according to two senior tax advisors involved in government discussions cited by the Economic Times.

    •   Additionally, India may levy an 18% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on crypto investors themselves, if exchanges pass on this tax burden.

    •   The government, which currently does not collect data from crypto investors, may also amend the Income Tax Act to mandate crypto gains disclosures.

    •   Tax authorities recovered around US$9.3 million from Indian crypto exchanges for alleged tax evasion last week, to which some exchanges blamed the ambiguities in existing tax laws.

    •   Crypto tax implications are expected to be on the table in the upcoming February budget session.

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