Virtual digital asset now covered under PMLA

Virtual digital asset now covered under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act (PMLA)

(Department of Revenue)


New Delhi, the 7th March, 2023

S.O. 1072(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (vi) of clause (sa) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 (15 of 2003) (hereinafter referred to the as the Act), the Central Government hereby notifies that the following activities when carried out for or on behalf of another natural or legal person in the course of business as an activity for the purposes of said sub sub-clause, namely:-

(i) exchange between virtual digital assets and fiat currencies;

(ii) exchange between one or more forms of virtual digital assets;

(iii) transfer of virtual digital assets;(iv) safekeeping or administration of virtual digital assets or instruments enabling control over virtual digital assets; and

(v) participation in and provision of financial services related to an issuer’s offer and sale of a virtual digital asset.

Explanation:-For the purposes of this notification “virtual digital asset” shall have the same meaning assigned to it in clause (47A) of section 2 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961).

[F. No.P-12011/12/2022-ES Cell-DOR]

SHASHANKMISRA, Director (Headquarter)

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