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Venezuelan government decrees crypto operators to pay taxes in cryptocurrency

Namrata Shukla



Venezulean government decrees crypto operators to pay taxes in cryptocurrency
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On Monday, the Venezuelan government published the official gazette No. 6,420 dated December 28, which contains a decree No. 3,719 that points towards new tax payment rules for cryptocurrency users, reported Dinero publication stated that:

“The government of President Nicolás Maduro published a decree that will require taxpayers who carry out operations in foreign currencies or cryptocurrencies to pay their taxes in that same currency and not in bolivars.”

The decree also stated:

“the Venezuelan people are currently facing a fierce war waged by internal and external factors that pursue the deterioration of the economy, which is why it is necessary to adopt sufficient measures to ensure the strengthening of the current fiscal regime.”

The Ministry of Popular Power of Economy and Finance is in charge of the execution of the decree which is in effect, at the time of press.

The Article one of the decree notes that taxpayers in Venezuela who carry out operations in cryptocurrencies or any foreign currency authorized by the law must “determine and pay [their tax] obligations in a foreign currency or cryptocurrency”.

The decree enlists two exemptions; transactions of securities traded on a stock exchange and the export of goods and services carried out by public bodies or entities. The decree also mentioned that the tax refunds for cases established in the decree will be made in the national currency and not otherwise.

Maracaibo Municipality in Zulia state clarified that it will use the national cryptocurrency, the petro for the calculation of business tax, reported the publication. There was confusion amongst the residents as they thought it meant for non-cryptocurrency users to also pay their taxes in petro.

The intendant of Servicio Desconcentrado de Administración Tributaria [Sedemat], Jean Carlos Martínez clarified to Noticia al Dia publication, a local publication that “taxpayers will not be charged taxes in petros.” He further added:

“We are using the value of the petro as a reference unit to be able to determine the minimum tax since the ordinance of the current economic unit is still stipulated in percentages of gross income.”

He also clarified that the national cryptocurrency, petro has two values, one as a cryptocurrency and the other as a unit of account that translates into 9,000 sovereign bolivars, which will be used in passport procedures or current salaries.

The decree also mentions that the payment of taxes will be carried out depending on the economic activity of each company or microenterprise. Martinez was quoted in the publication saying:

“If someone had transactions in petro, bitcoin or other currency, [they] should declare [their income] according to the currency that [they] manage.”

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Namrata is a full-time journalist and is interested in covering everything under the sun, with a special focus on the crypto market.


Rabobank announces plans to drop its crypto-project

Sarvesh Kumar



Robobank to drop its plans of having their own crypto-wallet
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Rabobank, a bank based out of The Netherlands, has decided to drop their idea of creating their own native cryptocurrency called Rabobit. The bank had announced their cryptocurrency plans in February 2018. Rabobank was looking at closing the gap between banks and cryptocurrency wallets. However, they have taken this decision after exploring the field for more than a year.

According to a report by Hard Fork, a spokesperson from the bank said,

“After careful consideration with our customers in mind, we recently decided that now is not the time to develop the idea further and bring it to the next phase of innovation”

Their cryptocurrency idea was part of the Rabobank Moonshot program, which was looking at boosting innovation in Fintech services. The bank does not consider their research a waste, but the same has led to valuable insights and experience in general, the spokesperson added

The spokesperson also said,

“We have learned valuable lessons about our customers and the crypto market and on how to design blockchain and crypto applications.”

The spokesperson cited regulatory uncertainty as the reason why the Dutch institution pulled out of the project. Although the bank has dropped the idea, they will be keeping a tab on the market and the regulatory changes in the industry.

Rabobank is not the only bank to drop the idea of having a cryptocurrency wallet. Recently, ABN AMRO, another Dutch bank, also dropped their plans of “Wallie,” their own cryptocurrency wallet. The reason for their drop was also with respect to regulatory conditions in the industry.

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