Uzbekistan Looks to Lure Crypto Exchanges With New Tax Benefits

Uzbekistan's government is looking to attract crypto exchanges with a number of tax and regulatory benefits, according to a presidential order.

AccessTimeIconSep 6, 2018 at 5:35 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 8:21 a.m. UTC

The Uzbekistan government is welcoming cryptocurrency exchanges to set up shop within the country.

An order issued by president Shavkat Mirziyoev on September 2 gives foreign exchanges a number of benefits to begin operating in the country. The document states that cryptocurrency-related income will not be taxed, licensed exchanges running operations with cryptocurrencies and foreign fiat currencies are not subject to existing foreign currency regulations and crypto exchanges are not subject to the country's securities and exchanges regulations.

However, foreign entities can only get a license for a cryptocurrency exchange after they open a subsidiary in Uzbekistan.

Further, the terms for getting such a license may be restrictive: an exchange must have an authorized capital of no less than 30,000 times the average minimum salary, which amounts to roughly $700,000; servers must be located in Uzbekistan; exchanges must utilize anti-money laundering procedures for users and they must store users' transaction and personal data for at least five years.

There are also benefits for miners: the document orders federal and local government officials to provide industrial miners using more than 100 kWh of power with land without requiring an auction (which is normally required to acquire land) on "specially designated territories."

The move comes months after the government announced a goal to develop new regulations for cryptocurrencies in the country. In February, the government also announced its intention to create a state-funded innovation center for exploring the opportunities of blockchain in the state capital of Tashkent, the news agency Fergana.ru reported.

Editor's note: Statements in this article have been translated from Russian.

Uzbekistan map image via Shutterstock

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