Tax on virtual digital assets a concern for NFTs; impact may be short term: Experts

Tax on virtual digital assets a concern for NFTs; impact may be short term: Experts

A slowdown in cryptocurrency trading may have an impact on NFT transactions as well, although it could be a temporary phenomenon as investors await more clarity from the government.

The 30 percent tax on income from the transfer of virtual digital assets (VDAs) that came into effect from April 1 is a cause of concern not only for cryptocurrencies, which have seen a drop in trading volumes, but also for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that gathered steam in India in the past year with the entry of sports and Bollywood celebrities.

“The immediate scenario is bleak for crypto and even bleaker for NFTs in India,” Raj Kapoor, strategic advisor at Acryptoverse, a crypto-marketing firm, told Moneycontrol. “NFTs in India will face a fallout with only unique models surviving. NFT creators here are popping up daily while collectors remain non-existent.”

Anndy Lian, Chairman, BigONE Exchange, a crypto trading platform, said the tax on VDAs in India will impact NFT sales.

“The overall market condition is not favourable. NFT sales will drop further and only the better assets will have a place in the crypto-verse,” he said.

He added that NFTs that are more speculative in nature and driven by profit will suffer hard when it comes to tax.

Vinu Peter Immanuel, a partner at Link Legal who tracks NFTs, said that with average trading volumes on top cryptocurrency exchanges dropping 80 to 90 percent from a few months ago, the impact will also be seen on NFTs.

“Since NFTs are traded mostly by using cryptocurrencies, any slowdown in cryptocurrency trading may have an impact on NFT transactions as well. Although it could be a temporary phenomenon where cryptocurrency investors have taken a step back and are waiting for more clarity from the government,” he said.

Short-term impact

However, Hitesh Malviya, founder of IBC (It’s Blockchain) DAO (decentralised autonomous organisation) said NFTs in India are not even a $10 million market in terms of daily sales.

“We have got limited traction here if we compare it to the west. In the US, marketplaces are doing over a billion dollar sales volume every month. Since it’s a limited market, I don’t see many people have got affected as we have less than 1 lakh Indians who have bought any NFTs,” Immanuel said.

Siddharth Jaiswal, founder of Sportzchain, said the new taxation policy will have a short-term impact on NFTs.

“For all of us, this is the first year for the cryptocurrency and NFT tax framework. For many, 30 percent may seem a lot, but if you see the kind of exponential returns, 30 percent may seem less. There have been exponential gains as well, to the tune of 300 to 500 percent, so 30 percent (tax) seems less. However, the same is subjective,” he said.

Malviya noted that while it’s a tough law for short-term traders as they will be required to pay 1 percent on each NFT trade, it would be fine for a long-term value investor like him.

“I don’t mind paying 30 percent tax on my crypto or NFT assets,” he said.

The government said a 1 percent tax would be deducted at source on the transfer of VDAs starting July 1.

“The TDS (tax deducted at source) on its own is causing major havoc for crypto exchanges because the high-volume daily traders have disappeared and these are the guys that provide liquidity to the exchanges. But this impact has so far just appeared on cryptocurrencies,” said Pratik Gauri, founder of 5ire. “Still, I think it’ll become more widespread and show up on all VDAs, precisely because the tax has some mandates, like not being able to write off losses from one deal into another that will have a significant impact on the trading on VDAs, be it cryptos, NFTs, or other VDAs.”

Positive outlook

While Lian and Jaiswal said the tax will have an effect on NFTs, they also believe the outlook for digital collectibles is positive.

“Utility-based NFTs should expect an increase. This increase would be in favour for the India market as they will help the industry to hit a new level of adoption,” said Lian.

He expects India to triple its NFT sales in the next year.

Sportzchain’s Jaiswal noted that NFT marketplaces are coming up with new strategies to smoothen the entire buying process, with less reliance on cryptocurrencies as the medium for buying these NFTs.

“For example, NFT marketplaces in India have introduced UPI as one of the payment modes to buy these NFTs. So a drop in the trading volumes will not adversely impact the market for NFTs,” he said.

Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is a real-time payment system that facilitates instant transfer of funds between bank accounts.

Acryptoverse’s Kapoor said NFT stakeholders should really look at India’s gaming sector for a strong product market fit with NFTs as this sector has exploded in the past year, recording 170 percent growth. Jaiswal also anticipates NFTs on game merchandise to see an upswing.

“Additionally, with metaverse applications also gaining momentum, the uptake of NFTs will only increase in the future,” he said.

However, Malviya said that in India, fan collectible NFTs are emerging with entertainment companies and actors launching digital assets to promote their movies or brands.

“While NFTs will be used as an emerging tool of branding by many lifestyle and entertainment firms, such NFTs will not value over time. These are hype-driven assets that might never get any value in the secondary markets,” he said.

 

Original Source: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/tax-on-virtual-digital-assets-a-concern-for-nfts-impact-may-be-short-term-experts-8378261.html

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Global players flag ‘one size fits all’ approach in FM’s crypto tax

Global players flag ‘one size fits all’ approach in FM’s crypto tax

Additional comments on this article:

The feelings from the global market are positive in general. Now that the parameters are clear and India’s stand on crypto is considerably straightforward. Institution investors are looking forward to making some serious investments in India. In the last 2 days, I have seen new investments by fellow venture capitalists into public blockchain projects, meme coins, incubators and innovation labs. Crypto exchanges and projects are also working around the clock to onboard new users in India too. These are positive signs on the ground too.

Of course, on the other hand, there are users who are complaining non-stop about the tax and putting out statements that crypto should be decentralized, our government should not interfere.

Such wishful thinking would not be fulfilled by the regulators. The rules are in place acts as a form of control and protection for the Indian market. I am certain the users will get used to it and be reasonable about it soon.

– Anndy Lian

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Global players flag ‘one size fits all’ approach in FM’s crypto tax

Synopsis

While this is a positive step towards the adoption of technology for the future, a flat 30 per cent tax without any loss offset is alarming to a lot of investors, said Aliasgar Merchant, Developer Relations Engineer of New York-based Tendermint.

New Delhi: The recent announcement by India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to tax all private virtual assets at a flat rate of 30 per cent although lauded by global players has faced some scepticism regarding the approach.

Sitharaman on Tuesday announced that the taxation will be applicable without any exemption or deduction and the loss arising from the sale of virtual assets cannot be set off against income.

While this is a positive step towards the adoption of technology for the future, a flat 30 per cent tax without any loss offset is alarming to a lot of investors, said Aliasgar Merchant, Developer Relations Engineer of New York-based Tendermint.

Crypto exchanges and other projects are working towards getting Indian users on board after the announcement by FM in Budget 2022. Global crypto players believe that the tax clarity will enable fence-sitters to activate their India investments. Although some have flagged a lack of clarity around the announcement.

Bill Hugues, Senior Counsel & Director of Global Regulatory Matters at ConsenSys said, “The government’s move delays resolution of the issue. All things considered, it is still better than proposing a bad rule. But the chances of a bad rule remain and that is something that should concern anyone who cares about innovation in this space.”

The recognition of cryptocurrency in the Indian budget is definitely a positive step towards the future, believe experts. Many countries are considering crypto regulations, and India is paving a positive path for the industry, they said.

“As India is moving towards being a global superpower, it is imperative that the government starts recognizing and adopting cutting-edge technologies like Blockchain,” said Merchant, adding that the introduction of CBDC is welcome while all eyes are on its timely implementation.

Anndy Lian, Chairman, BigONE Exchange believes that institutional investors are looking towards making investments in India. He is positive about new investments by venture capitalists into public blockchain projects, meme coins, incubators and innovation labs.

There are users and industry players who are critical of the tax move and say that cryptos being decentralized, should not be regulated. Others are sceptical over treating all the virtual assets including tokens, coins, NFTs under one umbrella.

A one size fits all approach would likely fail to address any actual risks and unnecessarily constrain uses that are popular and not a public policy concern, they said.

“There is plenty of reason to believe that sensible regulation of the crypto space will be where we end up,” Hughes added. “But nothing is for certain with respect to regulation in this space, in any part of the world.”

 

Original Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/cryptocurrency/global-players-flag-one-size-fits-all-approach-in-fms-crypto-tax/articleshow/89343655.cms

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Global players cheer crypto tax as first step to nod

Global players cheer crypto tax as first step to nod
Additional comments I have for the article on Economic Times.
India’s plan to put a tax of 30% on crypto gains is a big step forward. Their plans to digitalize their currency is another bigger step forward. This means that India recognizes the importance of crypto, digital assets and their underlying technology, blockchain too. They are able to collect more tax from crypto trading and are able to reduce risks of money laundering, terrorist financing and price volatility using their digital dollar in the future.
 
As mentioned in my previous commentaries, I strongly believe India will not put a ban on crypto as it has a big economic impact on them and some of my friends in India were saying that crypto maybe elevates India’s position globally.
I said this openly on my Twitter yesterday and I am going to say this again. “The next crypto bull market could be led by India.” Adding to this optimism, I would also see that the requirements of the regulations for crypto exchange and users will be tightened up in India very soon to align to protect the Indian market.
Anndy Lian

Global players cheer crypto tax as first step to nod

Mumbai: The worldwide crypto community has lauded India’s announcement to tax cryptocurrencies and develop a blockchain-based, regulator-backed digital currency as a significant step forward toward legitimising the asset class and encouraging innovation in blockchain technology.

“This means that India recognises the importance of crypto, digital assets and their underlying technology, blockchain, too,” said Anndy Lian, Chairman of the Singapore-based BigONE exchange. “The next crypto bull market could be led by India.”

On February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the government would impose a blanket tax rate of 30% on the transfer of “virtual digital assets.”

Global crypto players believe the tax clarity will enable fence sitters to activate their India investments.

“The tax clarity is a very positive step forward. The Indian government is taking a progressive stance by going ahead in the direction of innovation. By bringing in taxation, the government legitimises the crypto industry and trading to a large extent,” said Serdar Bisi, CEO of Tycoon, a Cyprus-based crypto startup. “This makes it now possible for institutions and corporations that have been sitting on the sidelines because of uncertainty to participate in this emerging market and industry.”

Adam Mazzaferro, Founder of Australia-based @pay, said people forget that cryptocurrencies are simply another form of asset class, just like shares and real property, and should be treated in the same light, and the Indian government’s announcement has validated the asset class.

“Indian government’s move to tax cryptocurrencies is welcomed as it is consistent with how other modern economies are treating cryptocurrency,” Mazzaferro said. “Although the taxable rate of 30% is relatively high, any form of government regulation of cryptocurrency is encouraging as it goes a long way towards validating the asset and making it more mainstream and widely accepted in everyday business and commerce.”

Kaz Patafta, co-founder of First Eleven Club and Director of McDonald Patafta & Associate Lawyers, an Australian law firm, said the imposition of crypto asset tax now solidifies the adoption of crypto in India and allays concerns of a regulatory ban in one of the largest transactional markets for virtual assets.

Wahid Chammas, a Cyprus-based investor and chairman of Faith Tribe, an open-source fashion design platform that works with many Indian fashion designers, said that these designers will, for once, have a fighting chance to thrive in the highly competitive global marketplace. “But it would be such a shame for the new crypto tax regime to render them uncompetitive with this highly regressive tax,” he said.

Global crypto experts believe the government’s announcement of 1% TDS at the time of transfer of digital assets will be a powerful tool to track transactions.

Pratik Gauri, CEO and Founder, Singapore-based 5ire, said using Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) was a necessary element and, with the increasing awareness of KYC/AML and how shady segments of society often use crypto to launder money, TDS can provide the government with the needed information and money to build an infrastructure for crypto monitoring for tax purposes.

“I do not think that 1% is a prohibitive amount. And it will simultaneously bring needed foreign exchange and investment to India,” he said.

On Tuesday, Changpend Zhao, CEO of Binance, the world’s biggest crypto exchange, said on Twitter, “Crypto is legally recognised in India with a 30 percent tax.”

However, experts say that the recognition of digital assets under income tax is not akin to granting legal status.

According to Charles Tan, Head of Marketing at Coinstore, India is transitioning from an unregulated to a government-monitored crypto market, which will benefit all stakeholders in the industry.

Global crypto exchanges are also keeping a close eye on India’s progress on its CBDC that, according to the budget announcement, will be launched in FY 22-23.

Jay Hao, CEO of OKX.com, said that central banks around the globe have already launched or are about to launch their digital currencies and that India was slightly lagging in the digital currency race, mainly due to the regulatory hurdles and reluctance to accept the growing popularity of digital assets/digital currency around the world. “I hope the announcement made by the Finance Minister regarding CBDC is implemented without any further delay as it will give a much needed push to the blockchain industry in India,” he said.

The announcement, according to Santiago Sabater, Co-founder of DeFiChain Accelerator in Germany, was a step in the right direction, and the security in taxation is the first step for adoption to progress.”If India manages to support crypto startups, create more fair regulations, and enable cooperation with banks, it has the potential to become the world’s leading crypto-hub for web 3.0,” said Sabater.

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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