Israel Confirms It Will Tax Bitcoin as Property

Israel has confirmed that it will treat cryptocurrencies as taxable assets in a new circular published on Monday.

Feb 19, 2018 at 7:40 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 7:35 a.m. UTC

Israel's government confirmed Monday that it would treat bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a kind of property for tax purposes.

The notice confirms past indications that the Tax Authority will regard cryptocurrencies as "a property, not a currency", making it therefore taxable as such. The Authority's position was first detailed in a draft circular issued in January of this year.

The circular explains that profits from cryptocurrencies will be subject to capital gains tax at rates between twenty percent and twenty-five percent, while individuals mining or trading cryptocurrencies in connection with businesses must pay a seventeen percent value-added tax (VAT) in addition to capital gains tax.

That latter aspect – excluding broad swaths of investors from potential VAT charges – is in line with a trend seen in recent years since the issue gained prominence. The Israeli government started exploring the taxation of cryptocurrencies as early as 2013.

And while today's announcement was largely expected (given the previous draft release from the Tax Authority), officials there are still working on initiatives that could continue to impact the industry at-large.

The Authority's Monday announcement follows another draft circular published in late January, which outlined potential ways in which the government could tax ICOs. Possible steps include setting a minimum token sale revenue threshold at which a tax would be triggered.

Israel on a map image via Shutterstock 

Editor's Note: Some statements in this report have been translated from Hebrew. 

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