Taxation Simplified for Traders

Taxation Simplified for Traders

Taxation Simplified for Traders: It’s Time To File Your Tax Return Taxation in leu of gains from trading or investing in shares is somewhat complex. SAS Online has made an attempt to simplify it for the taxpayers. Before you can figure out how much to shell off as the tax you must first decide whether you are a trader or an investor. Trader or Investor If you buy stocks with an intention to earn from dividends then you are an investor. A trader buys stocks to profit from price rises. Long-Term &Short-Term Gain If a listed security is held for less than 12 months and then sold, the consequent gain/loss is considered to be short-term capital gain/loss. If the holding period is above 12 months, long-term capital gain/loss arises. Speculative and Business Income Intra-day trading or same day buying and selling of any share is interpreted as speculation income.It involves no actual deliveries of stocks. Trader can gain or lose. Loss can only be offset against speculative gains. Income from trading F&O(futures and options), intraday as also overnight, on all the exchanges is considered as non-speculative business income. How to Calculate Turnover Turnover refers to the profits and losses that are incurred after the settlement of the trading account. In a financial year, if your turnover is over Rs.1 crore, then your books of accounts mandatorily have to be audited  Audit Requirements An audit is mandatory if you have business income and the yearly business turnover crosses Rs. 1 crore. For digital transactions, this limit is Rs 2 crores. All equity transactions are digital. For equity traders, an audit is mandatory(sec...