India taxes crypto 30% while issuing central bank digital currency directive

Elliot Gulliver-Needham
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The Indian government has directed the country's central bank to begin developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) while imposing new taxes on crypto assets. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled a set of new taxes on crypto asset transactions in her budget speech yesterday, announcing that the government will take 30% of "any income from the transfer of any virtual, digital asset", as well as a "tax deducted at source" of 1%. Sitharaman also proposed a "digital rupee" should be issued by India's central bank, "using blockchain and other technologies". "Introduction of...

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