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What are the tax implications of derivatives trading?

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What are the tax implications of derivatives trading?

In India, the tax implications of derivatives trading depend on the type of derivative and the holding period.

For equity derivatives such as futures and options, shortterm capital gains (holding period less than or equal to one year) are taxed at 15%, while longterm capital gains (holding period more than one year) are taxed at 10% for gains above INR 1 lakh. However, if the Securities Transaction Tax (STT) is paid at the time of sale, longterm capital gains are exempt from tax.

For commodity derivatives, the tax treatment is similar to that of equity derivatives, but the tax rates may vary based on the specific commodity and exchange.

It is important to consult with a tax professional or financial advisor for specific guidance on tax implications of derivatives trading based on individual circumstances.

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