Sandbox LAND on Polygon, ETH gain a tax loss and more…

Popular Ethereum-based Metaverse gaming platform The Sandbox has unveiled a bridge that enables users to transfer their virtual NFT LAND and native SAND tokens over to Layer-2 network Polygon (MATIC). While The Sandbox will live on Ethereum for the most part, the platform has emphasized that conducting SAND and LAND transactions on Polygon will result in lower gas fees, faster transaction speeds and greener interactions on the blockchain. The firm stated via Twitter on June 29 that it is now ready to start deploying LAND on Polygon, and users will…

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Russian Duma passes bill to remove VAT, lower income tax rates on digital asset sales

The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian legislature, has passed a bill on the taxation of digital assets that exempts their sale from value-added tax (VAT) in the Russian Federation. Some other services of digital asset exchanges will also be exempted, according to state-run news service RIA Novosti.  In addition, the bill established income tax rates of 13% for Russian exchanges on the first 5 million rubles (currently about U$93,000) of the taxable base annually, 15% on amounts above that limit and 15% across the board for foreign…

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Global Web3 metaverse and tax initiatives continue in the face of a market meltdown

In her monthly Expert Take column, Selva Ozelli, an international tax attorney and CPA, covers the intersection between emerging technologies and sustainability, and provides the latest developments around taxes, AML/CFT regulations and legal issues affecting crypto and blockchain. In 2021, nonfungible tokens became the biggest disrupter in art, with artists minting, exhibiting and auctioning them and investors buying, selling and trading them. But by May 2022, NFT sales had dropped 92% from the market peak. According to data aggregator Layoffs.fyi, more than 17,000 technology laborers lost their jobs in May.…

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Tips to claim tax losses with the US Internal Revenue Service

Crypto volatility is nerve-wracking, and it may not be over yet. The turmoil may make crypto investors and crypto-related businesses less enthusiastic than when prices seemed ever to be climbing. With the market falling off a cliff, there will be big losses to claim on your taxes, right? Not necessarily. As your United States dollars shake out in the digital world, it is worth asking whether there is any lemonade you can make by claiming losses on your taxes. First, ask what happened from a tax viewpoint. If you’ve been…

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Brazil’s Citizens Will Pay Tax on Cryptocurrency Related Revenue.

Citizens of Brazil are now required to pay tax on any cryptocurrency-related activities and revenue, as announced by the Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB). This new law means that every cryptocurrency-related activity like NFT flipping, remittance, and trading activities are taxable, with some exceptions. However, the enforcement is a bit confusing and surprising to see as, currently,  no cryptocurrency exchange supports the Brazilian Real, which is the national currency of Brazil. In a memo published in the Diario Oficial da Uniao, which is the official journal of the Federal Revenue…

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Portugal’s Assembleia da Republica says no to two crypto tax bills

The Portuguese congress, Assembleia da Republica, has rejected two bills that would have imposed a tax on cryptocurrencies. Portugal has long been regarded as a cryptocurrency tax haven, and the trading of cryptocurrencies has been tax-free since 2018. In addition, trading digital assets is not considered investment income in Portugal. This has attracted crypto startups and events to Lisbon, despite the fact that businesses that accept Bitcoin must pay income tax on it. The Portuguese Minister of Finance, Fernando Medina, had recently declared that cryptocurrencies in the country will soon…

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Tax guidelines for crypto mining pass the first reading in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, one of the global leaders in crypto mining with a recent history of hostile measures against the industry, is taking a step toward a comprehensive fiscal framework for mining operators.  On Thursday, May 25, the lower chamber of Kazakh parliament, Mejlis, passed in the first reading the amendments to the national tax code, regulating the fiscal burden on crypto mining. These amendments suggest graded tax rates tied to the electricity prices consumed by mining entities. For example, the cheapest grade of electricity prices, 5 to 10 tenges ($0,012–0,024) for…

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Russia’s updated crypto mining bill cuts tax amnesty for Bitcoin miners

In less than a month, the draft of a crypto mining bill in the Russian parliament has lost several key points, such as the obligation for mining operators to join a special registry and a one-year tax amnesty for all those who’ve registered. As the reasoning goes, the previous draft would lead to federal budget losses.  The fresh draft of the law “On mining in Russian Federation,” dating to May 20, appeared in the database of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma. The document bears several…

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South Korean watchdog reportedly fines Terraform Labs $78M for tax evasion

Terraform Labs and co-founder Do Kwon continue to attract more legal trouble in the wake of the collapse of the Terra ecosystem. After early reports of a possible congressional hearing and an investigation from ‘Grim Reapers’ financial crimes unit, the crypto firm has now come under the radar of the national tax agency. According to a report published in Naver news, South Korea’s national tax agency has slapped the Terraform Labs and its co-founder with a 100 billion won ($78 million) penalty for tax evasion charges. The report highlighted that the Kwon…

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Portugal to lose crypto tax haven status as state announces gains duties

To the chagrin of many Golden Visa seekers, Portuguese Finance Minister Fernando Medina has confirmed that his country will begin taxing cryptocurrency but has not committed to a date. The move to start taxing crypto was seconded by Secretary of State for Tax Affairs António Mendonça Mendes on May 13 according to Sapo, a local news outlet. There is not yet an effective date for the tax to start or a set rate, however. It will be levied on investment gains made from cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), the largest crypto…

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