Fantasy sports have gained immense popularity in recent years, attracting a large number of participants across India. Platforms like Dream11, MyTeam11, and MPL have provided sports enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge while enjoying their favorite sports virtually. As the popularity of fantasy sports continues to grow, it’s important to understand the tax implications associated with winnings. In this article, we will delve into the TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) rules and calculations for fantasy sports in India.

TDS Threshold:
According to Section 194B of the Income Tax Act, 1961, any winnings exceeding Rs. 10,000 from fantasy sports are subject to TDS. This means that if your winnings on a fantasy sports platform cross the threshold of Rs. 10,000 in a financial year, TDS will be applicable.

TDS Rate:
The current TDS rate for winnings from fantasy sports is 31.2%, which includes a 30% tax rate and an additional 4% health and education cess. This TDS rate is applicable irrespective of your income tax slab. It is important to note that TDS is deducted at the time of credit or payment of winnings, whichever occurs earlier.

Calculation of TDS:
To calculate the TDS on your fantasy sports winnings, the platform deducts 31.2% of the total winnings. For example, if you win Rs. 15,000 in a fantasy sports contest, the TDS deducted would be Rs. 4,680 (31.2% of Rs. 15,000). The remaining amount, i.e., Rs. 10,320, would be credited to your account.

Filing Income Tax Returns:
Even though TDS is deducted on your fantasy sports winnings, it is important to include these winnings in your income tax returns. The TDS amount deducted can be claimed as a credit against your total tax liability for the financial year. It is advisable to maintain a record of your winnings and TDS certificates received from the fantasy sports platform for easy reference during the tax filing process.

Form 26AS:
Form 26AS is a consolidated statement that contains details of tax credits, including TDS, as reflected in the income tax records. It is essential to verify that the TDS deducted from your fantasy sports winnings is correctly reflected in your Form 26AS. This can be done by accessing your Form 26AS through the official website of the Income Tax Department.

New TDS Policy for Fantasy Sports:
Effective from April 1, 2023, the net winnings from online games, including fantasy sports platforms like Dream11 and online rummy, will be subject to TDS at a rate of 30%. TDS will be deducted under Section 194BA of the Income Tax Act.


  1. How are fantasy sports taxed?
    According to Indian tax laws, any income earned from winning a game of chance is subject to a flat tax rate of 30%. This means that if you win, say, Rs. 1,00,000 in a lottery, you would be liable to pay a tax of Rs. 30,000 (30% of Rs. 1,00,000) on the winnings.
  2. How much tax will I pay for Dream11 earnings?
    Under the new TDS policy, there will be no threshold of Rs. 10,000. Any winnings above this amount will be subject to a 30% tax, which will be deducted by the gaming operator as TDS.
  3. What is the tax on 1 crore in Dream11?
    According to Indian tax laws, any income earned from winnings of a game of chance, including fantasy sports platforms like Dream11, is subject to a flat tax rate of 30%. This means that if someone wins a prize of 1 crore on Dream11, they would be liable to pay a tax of Rs. 30 lakhs (30% of Rs. 1 crore) on their winnings.
  4. How do I pay taxes on my fantasy winnings?
    The income tax on prize money earned from participating in fantasy sports is subject to taxation at a rate of 30%, excluding any additional cess and surcharge. The platform that issued the prize will deduct the applicable TDS at the time of payment, and this will be reflected in the user’s Form 26AS.
  5. Can we claim Fantasy Sports TDS?
    If TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) has been deducted from your income, including fantasy sports winnings, you can claim credit for it while filing your Income Tax Returns (ITR) for the relevant financial year. This means that you can subtract the amount of TDS deducted from your tax liability when calculating the final tax payable for that year.

As fantasy sports continue to captivate enthusiasts, understanding the TDS rules and calculations becomes crucial for players. It’s important to keep track of your winnings, and the TDS deducted, and ensure that the necessary income tax compliance is followed. By staying informed and meeting your tax obligations, you can enjoy the thrill of fantasy sports while ensuring a hassle-free tax experience.

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not meant to be construed as tax advice. It is recommended to consult a tax professional for personalized guidance regarding your specific tax situation.

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