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Understanding the Tax on Commodity Trading

There are a few questions that tax professionals always get around tax time. One of the most common ones is the tax on commodity trading. Many people are unsure if they have to pay taxes on profits they make from commodities and, if so, how much they have to pay. In this blog post, we will discuss the tax on commodity trading in detail and help you understand exactly what you need to do to comply with the law.

Published on 03 February 2023

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What is Commodity Transaction Tax?

Commodity Transaction tax, also known as commodity tax, is a tax assessed on trading commodities such as stocks, derivatives, and futures. Governments impose the tax to generate revenue from financial transactions in the stock market. This tax is usually applicable for financial instruments not backed by physical assets or those not involving physical delivery of the asset traded.

The tax rate charged varies among countries depending on various factors such as type of instrument traded, volume, and nature of the transaction. For example, stock markets may be charged a higher tax rate than currencies or derivatives, while high-frequency traders may incur higher taxes than long-term investors.

Income Tax Provisions

The income tax levied on profits from trading commodities in India would depend on the type of contracts the trader has executed. For example, if the commodity contract is cash-settled with no actual commodity delivery, this is speculative revenue. If the product is supplied and traded for a gain, this profit would be classified as non-speculative income.

Although it is commonly accepted that both of these gains represent a percentage of corporate revenue, it is crucial to know how much of each is simply non-speculative to claim the proper amount of loss taken off when paying income tax on earnings from commodity trading. As a result, you are exempt from paying capital gains tax if you made money trading commodities in India.

Instead, by the Income Tax Act, you should include all profits in your business's income and pay tax according to the applicable tax bracket. The principal law in India controlling income tax on earnings from dealing in commodities is this one.

This suggests that it will be easier to assess and pay the taxes on your earnings from trading commoditiesv if you don't have a multitude of trades or losses. It is important to keep in mind that if a commodities deal lasts more than a day, short-term capital gain may well be owed on the gain.

How to Calculate Commodity Transaction Tax?

The commodity transaction tax is imposed on the buyer and seller of a commodity who trades via a futures contract. It is evaluated following the contract's scope. The CTT covers a variety of commodities, including non-agricultural commodities like metals such as gold, silver, and copper, as well as liquid fuels like natural gas and crude oil.

The tax is calculated based on the total value of the transaction, which is determined by multiplying the price per unit of the commodity by its quantity. The tax rate varies depending on the type of commodity traded and is determined by state tax authorities.

In addition to CTT, buyers and sellers may have to pay stamp duty applicable in their respective states while entering a futures contract. Sometimes, securities transactions tax is levied in place of stamp duty at designated rates, depending on exchange and commodity types.

Depending upon turnover, tax can be exempted as well under certain conditions. It’s important to be aware of relevant tax regulations for financial trading activities to avoid any tax-related penalties or legal issues.

Impact of GST on Commodity Trading

The introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has caused many changes in commodity trading. The tax on commodities has been changed from a flat tax to a tax based on the value added to the product. This means that traders must now pay tax on their profits rather than just on the base price of the commodity itself.

Under GST, tax is collected at each stage of production and supply, with credit being given for taxes already paid where necessary. This helps to reduce cascading of tax rates between different states, as tax credits can be used across state borders.

It also simplifies the process by consolidating various taxes into one tax rate applicable across all states. Furthermore, GST encourages global market players to enter the Indian commodity market as tax rates are now uniform across all states.

The Bottom Line

Tax on commodities is important when trading and investing in the commodity market. It can significantly impact your returns, so it is essential to understand tax laws in relation to these investments before entering into any transactions.

Chandresh Khona
Team Espresso

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