Over 54,000 crypto investors have signed a petition urging the Indian government to reconsider a planned 30% tax rate announced earlier this week. 

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  • Blockchain and crypto education provider Crypto India co-founder Aditya Singh started the petition on Thursday to stop the government from comparing crypto to “social evils like betting and gambling.”
  • The petition urges the government to make the crypto tax equivalent to that of stocks, reduce the 1% tax deducted at source during liquidation to 0.05%, and allow fees and interest to be considered as tax deductibles.  
  • The petition also asks the government to allow crypto losses to be offset against other incomes and carried over to the next fiscal year. 
  • Economics affairs secretary Ajay Seth, who is working on the crypto legislation, said on Friday the government is considering all approaches to regulation, including a ban.