I-T department exploring ways to tax bitcoin transactions

Published On: 14, Dec 2017 | Source: business-standard.com

India’s central tax authority is investigating bitcoin exchanges to try and find a way to tax transactions, an official said on Wednesday, even as the (RBI) has warned against dealing in

Thousands of transactions are taking place every day in unregulated exchanges and the has launched surveys in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, spokeswoman Surbhi Ahluwalia said.

“We are looking at collecting information about modus-operandi of bitcoin exchanges, investors, their source of investment and possibility of collecting tax,” Ahluwalia told Reuters.

Last week, the said it was concerned about bitcoin, just days after the hit a record high of just under $11,800, stocking fears that a rapidly swelling bubble could burst.

The had previously said those trading in were doing so at their own risk, given that the central bank had not given a licence or authorisation for any company to deal in such cryptocurrencies.

The tax official declined to comment on the central bank’s concerns, saying the tax department was looking only into the tax implications.

The government has set up a panel to decide on India’s stand on

This year, the government told parliament that the use of like bitcoin was not authorised by the and could result in breach of anti-money laundering laws.

Bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a US exchange as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach.