India Likely to Regulate Crypto, Not Ban It, in Upcoming Budget: Report

The government is likely to opt for regulating cryptocurrencies as an asset class, similar to commodities, with appropriate taxation of transactions and gains.

AccessTimeIconOct 28, 2021 at 5:58 p.m. UTC
Updated Oct 28, 2021 at 8:35 p.m. UTC

Tanzeel Akhtar is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London, UK

The Indian government is likely to regulate cryptocurrencies in its upcoming budget in February, moving away from its earlier approach of seeking to impose an outright ban, according to a Business Today report.

  • A law covering cryptocurrencies will most likely be discussed in the country’s next general budget, the report said, citing Indian Finance Ministry officials.
  • The government is likely to opt for regulating cryptocurrencies as an asset class, similar to commodities, with appropriate taxation of transactions and gains.
  • India’s Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) officials are currently engaged in “fine-tuning the conceptual framework and the necessary regulations,” according to Business Today.
  • In June, the New Indian Express reported the government was leaning towards classifying bitcoin as an asset class, citing industry sources, and that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) would regulate the cryptocurrency sector.

Read more about

DISCLOSURE

Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

CoinDesk - Unknown

Tanzeel Akhtar is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London, UK

CoinDesk - Unknown

Tanzeel Akhtar is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London, UK

Investing in the Future of the Digital Economy
October 18-19 | Spring Studio, NYC