The government’s plan to change the TDS on net winnings from online gaming in the 2023–24 budget has been praised by the E-Gaming Federation (EGF), an organisation that represents the top online skill gaming operators in India. The Finance Bill 2023 calls for the changes to go into effect on July 1, but the EGF has urged the government to start the transition on April 1, 2023.
The Finance Bill 2023 adds two new sections, 194BA and 115BBJ. For the withholding of tax on winnings from online gaming and the computation of taxes for those who receive income from winnings from online gaming. For the first three months of the fiscal year. Under Section 194B TDS must be with held. Based on the concept of “winning,”. For the remaining nine months, the concept of “net winning” requires withholding of TDS under Section 194BA.The EGF has expressed concern, though, about the operational challenges and inconsistencies brought on by the TDS regime changes.
The EGF says that a lot of changes to the rules in a short amount of time could be confusing. And cause a lot of trouble for online gaming operators and the 200 million gamers in the U.S. Furthermore, there is a chance that a lot of users will switch to dishonest offshore providers, costing the government money. The EGF contends that moving the implementation date from July 1 to April 1, 2023. It would align users’ taxation under Section 115BBJ for the entire fiscal year beginning April 1, 2023. Without costing the government any money.