Investing in digital gold is in vogue these days. A lot of people are investing in it. It is like the money that is lying in your digital wallet. It is something that you own but is not in your pocket. And what’s great is that you can start investing in it with just 1 rupee. But how safe is investing in it and how much tax is levied on it? Let us understand a bit more about digital gold investments in the following 9 points-
Buying digital gold has become so easy nowadays that people are buying it through mobile apps. It is also attracting people as there is no budget constraint on buying digital gold.
When we buy gold, we worry about its purity, but this is not the case with digital gold. Also, it does not have to be protected. That means complete certainty.
As soon as you sell digital gold, you get all the money immediately. So, you do not have to do anything with anyone, nor do you have to worry about money.
You must pay 3 percent GST on digital gold. Suppose you have taken digital gold of one thousand rupees, then 30 rupees GST will be deducted, and you will get gold worth Rs 970.
While buying digital gold, you have to pay a one-time charge. This charge includes trustee fees and transaction costs in addition to maintenance charges, processing charges, insurance, and storage charges. Apart from this, you may also have to pay a delivery fee for taking physical delivery of Digital Gold.
When you sell digital gold, the tax liability on long-term capital gains is the same as that of physical gold. That means 20 percent tax plus cess and surcharge. But if the digital gold remains with the customer for a period of less than 3 years, then the return from its sale is not directly taxed.
The issue with digital gold is that you cannot keep it with you for more than 5 years. If you do, some charges are applicable.
There is no regulation to oversee digital gold. As of now, government bodies like SEBI and RBI are also not regulating it.
Like cryptocurrencies, all kinds of promises are being made to investors regarding digital gold. The government is keeping a sharp eye on all this, and we can soon expect some action on it.
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