India is preparing to unveil its Union Budget, and meanwhile, the cryptocurrency sector in the country is eagerly anticipating details about possible tax cuts. However, it is unlikely to see any changes in crypto taxation as of now.
Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister of India, stated, “I’m not going to play a spoilsport, but it is a matter of truth that the 1st February 2024 budget that will be announced will just be a vote on the account because we are in an election mode.”
She cautions the public not to anticipate any remarkable measures, emphasizing that national elections are scheduled for May next year.
According to British tradition, a vote-on-account budget is presented in such situations, serving the purpose of covering government expenditures until a new government takes over.
The anticipation is that people will have to wait until after the new government assumes office in July for the next full budget, which may bring more substantial policy changes and announcements. Till then, a 30% tax and 1% TDS are likely to stay as they are.
However, some crypto enthusiasts are keeping their hopes high. For example, Rajagopal Menon from WazirX has conveyed the community’s aspirations, emphasizing the need for a significant reduction in Tax Deducted at Source (TDS).
He stated, “We hope that the finance ministry would reduce in the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) rate from 1% to 0.01%.”
According to a Moneycontrol report, the Bharat Web3 Association is calling for a reduction in the TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) rate, the extension of the TDS coverage to foreign exchanges, and a reevaluation of the fixed 30% tax rate on cryptocurrency earnings.
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