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Indian taxman recovers $6.62M from WazirX for evading tax on commission

Indian crypto exchange WazirX has reportedly paid over $6.6 million (49.2 crore rupees) following non-payment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on trade commissions. The total recovery includes the pending tax of $5.43 million (40.5 crore rupees), the interest and a penalty for non-payment.Government officials from the Central GST and Central Excise committee (CGST Mumbai Zone) recovered the funds from the crypto exchange after detecting a GST evasion of $5.43 million on the commissions. A typical GST fraud involves creating fake invoices without actually moving the goods between the seller and the buyer.Officers of CGST Mumbai East comm’te have detected GST Evasion of Rs 40.5 Cr. on commission of Wazir X Crypto Currency & recovered Rs 49.2 Cr. in cash as GST, interest & Penalty today on 30.12.2021 from Zanmai Labs Pvt. Ltd. @nsitharamanoffc @mppchaudhary @cbic_india @PIBMumbai— CGST Mumbai Zone (@cgstmumbaizone) December 30, 2021According to local media Economic Times, the tax department detected that WazirX uses its in-house WRX tokens for commissions, which were distributed by Zanmai Labs. Further investigation revealed that the crypto exchange missed out on paying 18% tax on the total tokens issued based on its market price.The investigators revealed that WazirX paid GST on the 0.2% commission it charges users for making trades with local currency i.e. the rupee, clarifying:“But in cases where the trader opts for transaction in WRX coins, the commission charged is 0.1% of trading volume and they were not paying GST on this commission.”It is also important to note that WazirX and WRX tokens are owned by Binance, the world’s biggest crypto exchange in terms of the trading volume. According to a Zanmai Labs spokesperson, the non-payment of tax was related to the misinterpretation of GST rules:“We voluntarily paid additional GST in order to be cooperative and compliant. There was and is no intention to evade tax.”WazirX CEO Nischal Shetty previously told Cointelegraph about the importance of regulatory clarity for retail adoption. He also warned that an overnight regulation may harm the progress of the crypto ecosystem and leave open loopholes for bad actors:“There is a $2.5-trillion market out there, and it is not going to wait for any nation to come on board. I’ve been tweeting ‘#IndiaWantsCrypto’ for over 1,000 days with the sole objective of having crypto regulation in India.”Day 1000What a milestone for Indian Crypto!With #IndiaWantsCrypto my mission has been:- Bring positive crypto regulation in India- Spread right information about CryptoLakhs of people have joined this campaignLet’s continue our missionJai Hind #IndiaWantsCrypto— Nischal (WazirX) ⚡️ (@NischalShetty) July 28, 2021

While the concept of GST is fairly new in the region, the government of India has previously agreed to show leniency to defaulters and fraudsters — typically settling such cases with a monetary penalty and a lower probability of jail time. WazirX has not yet responded to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.Related: Indian trade group recommends ‘special class security’ status for cryptoIn an attempt to help the Indian government decide crypto laws, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) proposed to treat cryptocurrencies as securities of a special class. A report released by the non-government trade association showed the CII proposes to formulate new regulations around the nascent crypto market instead of regulating them under existing securities law.As Cointelegraph reported, the CII recommended a special provision of income tax and GST laws, which will treat cryptocurrencies as an asset class for tax purposes unless specifically treated as “stock in trade“ by a participant.

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Indian police commissioner issues a public warning against crypto frauds

Goel highlighted the various methods that are actively being used by fraudsters to dupe investors such as lucrative investment opportunities, illegitimate bank transfers and cryptocurrencies. Acknowledging the growth of Indian crypto users, Goel added:“They [fraudsters] ask you to share your cryptocurrency details. And once you put it in your wallet, then the money is taken away.”After simplifying the elaborate fraud in a sentence, Goel also highlighted that sixteen such cases have been registered involving cryptocurrencies.The Additional Commissioner of Police Shikha Goel warned Indian citizens about the rise in cybercrime in an event hosted by the city police of Hyderabad, India, suggesting not to transfer cryptocurrencies to unauthorized private wallets.Do not transfer your cryptocurrency to unauthorised private wallets Dont fall prey to fraudsters #BeCyberSmart pic.twitter.com/eJOwsnLSmX— Shikha Goel, IPS (@AddlCPCrimesHyd) December 26, 2021As a fair warning to the Indian crypto investors, the commissioner said:“If you are going to be using or investing in cryptocurrency, please go only to the reputed and long-established players in this field.”Speaking to local news The Hindu, Goel revealed that 14 out of the 16 crypto fraud cases were directly related to investment and trading. Typically, the fraudsters convince the victims to transfer their newly purchased cryptocurrencies for higher profits, which according to Goel:“People have been cheated of 3.45 crore rupees (roughly $458,000) in their greed for higher returns against investment in cryptocurrency.”DIAL 155260 to report financial cyber fraud like OTP , UPI or any other cyber crime where you have lost money And yes do not delay in informing If you inform us on time on this helpline chances of retrieving the amount are high #BeCyberSmart pic.twitter.com/HgXF34h2ko— Shikha Goel, IPS (@AddlCPCrimesHyd) December 26, 2021

“Once you get cheated, it is a dead-end. Virtual money can never be traced back and returned to the original owner,” she concluded.Related: Indian state government to accredit Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 blockchain startupsThe state government of Telangana also leads India’s blockchain efforts as it launches India Blockchain Accelerator program to foster early-stage Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 startups and blockchain developers. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Rama Devi Lanka, Telangana government’s director of emerging technology, shared her interest to use blockchain technology for solving real-world problems, adding:“The Telangana government will help provide the required regulatory framework to enable and promote blockchain growth.”

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