After crypto, India wants to come after DeFi

The Indian government is exploring ways to levy additional taxes on interest earned on cryptocurrencies through decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms located outside India, according to an Economic Times report.

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  • The government wants to impose a 20% tax deducted at source (TDS) or factory-gate levy for DeFi transactions where either party resides outside India or has not furnished permanent account number (PAN Card) details, the report said.
  • The government could also slap an additional 5% equalization levy tax, which is imposed on foreign-owned e-commerce companies servicing resident Indians.
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes is conferring with tax experts to figure out how these taxes can be implemented. 
  • A 1% factory-gate levy is due on July 1.

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