India includes cryptocurrencies to anti-money laundering framework

Ministry of Finance stated that crypto trading will be subjected to anti-money laundering practices

Previously, Indian government imposed 30% tax and one percent TDS on cryptocurrencies
Previously, Indian government imposed 30% tax and one percent TDS on cryptocurrencies

Ministry of Finance, which released a notification on March 07, 2023, has decided to move cryptocurrencies under anti-money laundering regulations. Experts believe that this step aims to enhance regulatory proceedings over digital assets based on global standards.

“By bringing crypto businesses under the ambit of PMLA, Indian government aims to take measures to ensure that the industry can operate in a regulated environment. This can not only promote transparency but also aid in identifying and curbing the activities of bad actors within the industry,” Punit Agarwal, founder, KoinX, a cryptocurrency taxation platform, told FE Blockchain. 

Insights from Ministry of Finance’s gazette notification stated that crypto trading, safekeeping, and associated financial services will be subjected to anti-money laundering practices. “Exchange between virtual digital assets and fiat currencies, exchange between one or more forms of virtual digital assets, transfer of virtual digital assets, safekeeping or administration of virtual digital assets or instruments enabling control over virtual digital assets, and participation in and provision of financial services related to an issuer’s offer and sale of a virtual digital asset” will now fall under Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002, the notification mentioned. 

According to Edul Patel, co-founder and CEO, Mudrex, a crypto-investing platform, incorporation of cryptocurrencies into PMLA can enable creation of an Indian digital assets ecosystem. “Implementing protocols for exchanges and associated entities can now enable vigilance to prevent money laundering and other illegitimate undertakings associated with cryptocurrencies. Such a move aims to fortify the financial system’s integrity and can instill trust in potential investors toward the crypto industry,” Patel added. 

Moreover, the notification highlighted that “virtual digital asset” will carry the same definition that’s been allocated to it in clause (47A) of Income-tax Act, 1961. 

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First published on: 09-03-2023 at 12:06 IST
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