Venezuelans reportedly hit by new Bitcoin tax of up to 20%

Venezuelans reportedly hit by new Bitcoin tax of up to 20%

The Venezuelan government has approved a new tax bill aiming to collect up to 20% in taxes from cryptocurrency transactions, according to local reports.

Venezuela’s National Assembly held a second discussion session on Thursday for a new draft bill targeting taxes on “large financial transactions” in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC).

The Venezuelan government reportedly approved the draft bill last Thursday, requiring local firms and individuals to pay up to 20% for operations carried out in cryptocurrencies as well as foreign currencies such as the United States dollar.

Filed on Jan. 20, the draft law aims to collect 2%–20% from transactions in any currencies other than those issued by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, or the Venezuelan bolivar and the country’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, El Petro.

The initiative aims to incentivize the use of the national currency, which reportedly lost over 70% in value last year alone and shed nearly all its value over the past dece.

“It is necessary to guarantee treatment at least equal to, or more favorable, to payments and transactions me in the national currency or in cryptocurrencies or crypto assets issued by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela versus payments me in foreign currency,” the bill res.

Related: India to introduce 30% crypto tax, digital rupee CBDC by 2022–23

As previously reported by Cointelegraph, Bitcoin option has been skyrocketing in Venezuela in recent years, with many thousands of local businesses starting to move into cryptocurrency to survive hyperinflation. In October 2021, a major international airport in Venezuela was preparing to start accepting cryptocurrencies like BTC as payment for tickets and other services.

ARTICLE: Venezuelans reportedly hit by new Bitcoin tax of up to 20%
PUBLISHED: 2022-02-07 10:01:51 
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