Following the Supreme Court’s reversal of the Reserve Bank of India’s ban on financial institutions providing banking services to crypto firms, the country’s digital asset exchanges are seeking clarity on their taxation obligations.
On May 4, India Times reported that several of India’s crypto exchanges collectively penned a letter to the RBI claiming that the current absence of regulatory clarity has led to banks continuing to deny services to exchanges dealing with crypto assets.
The report notes that the exchanges have also reached out to India’s high court regarding the matter.
In particular, the exchanges want to know if their operations will be classified as dealing with goods, currencies, commodities, or services in order to ascertain whether they are subject to the country’s Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Sidharth Sogani, the CEO of digital asset research firm Credbaco Global, asserted that “the RBI was supposed to issue a new circular directing the banks to start banking relationships again with cryptocurrency exchanges and businesses” after the Supreme Court overturned the central bank’s ban.
However, Sogani claims that many banks are denying having received any notification from the RBI when approached by crypto exchanges looking to do business.
Vishwanath also notes that the economic slowdown resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has stifled the industry’s momentum following the RBI ban’s repeal.indian news link
MAY 03, 2020
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