India’s plans for a 1% tax deducted at source (TDS) on every crypto transaction will result in huge losses for the government, Indian crypto exchange WazirX founder Nischal Shetty said on Wednesday. 

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Fast facts

  • Shetty argued more revenue is to be expected by bringing a 1% TDS on cryptocurrency transactions, but actual profit will be much lower due to higher annual tax refunds.
  • He advocates for a 0.1% TDS which would improve government earnings by lowering tax refunds, and easing the burden on traders, according to Shetty’s calculations.
  • The Indian government in February announced a 30% tax on crypto income as well as a 1% TDS on every transaction.
  • The finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday that many Indians see a future in cryptocurrencies and the government sees opportunities for revenue in the asset class.
  • However, Shetty’s math turns the table and points at tax revenue losses for the government.
  • “[With] very little to refund, traders don’t get affected much, they can continue to trade and make more profits. More profits = more income tax for the government,” he said.

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