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Cryptocurrency Flourishes in Slovakia as Tax Reduction Initiates Crypto Boom

Slovakia’s National Council, the legislative body of the country, has voted to approve a new amendment aimed at reducing the taxation on cryptocurrencies.

According to the amendment, individuals who hold cryptocurrencies for at least one year and then sell them will now be subject to a lower personal income tax rate of 7%. This is a significant decrease compared to the existing tax rates for digital assets, which currently range between 19% and 25%.

Furthermore, a local media outlet in Slovakia reported that payments made in cryptocurrencies up to 2400 euros will be exempt from taxation. Additionally, the bill also excludes crypto income from the standard 14% health insurance contribution.

The report highlighted that the Ministry of Finance anticipates these changes to have an annual financial impact of approximately €30 million.

The bill was introduced by members of two national political parties, as well as the Democrats.

Earlier this month, Slovakia made amendments to its constitution to safeguard the right of its citizens to make cash payments. This action was taken as a precautionary measure in response to the proposed digital euro.

It is worth noting that Slovakia, an EU member state without a comprehensive regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies, relies on the National Bank of Slovakia to maintain financial stability and oversee the country’s financial market participants.

In the absence of nationwide regulations, crypto businesses in Slovakia must comply with EU anti-money laundering requirements. Both crypto and non-crypto businesses are subject to a corporate income tax rate of 21%.

With over 550 Virtual Assets Service Providers (VASPs), including crypto exchanges and virtual wallet providers, Slovakia emerges as a prominent crypto jurisdiction within Europe, experiencing a thriving crypto industry.

However, certain aspects of Slovakia’s regulatory framework raise potential concerns. For instance, VASPs can register and commence operations with minimal fees at a Trade Licensing Office, leaving room for potential illicit activities.

Moreover, there is currently limited scrutiny regarding the qualifications, experience, and knowledge of individuals involved in VASPs. Addressing these loopholes would position Slovakia as a global hub for wealth management.

In contrast, other European countries have adopted distinct approaches to crypto taxation. Belarus, for example, has been a tax-free haven for cryptocurrencies since 2018, granting individuals and businesses exemption from crypto taxes until 2023.

Croatia also offers favorable conditions for crypto traders, with crypto capital gains taxed at approximately 10% based on the city.

Anna K.

Anna K. is a Senior English Editor at UNLOCK Blockchain. She pursued her studies in Translation at USJ, and later obtained an MA in Conference Translation and another in International Relations. Anna has worked in reputable organizations such as the ICC, UNDP, ESCWA, STL and An-Nahar Newspaper. She also has 3 years of experience in digital marketing, which allows her to combine the best of both worlds.

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