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Russia's Lower House to Consider Bill on Crypto Taxation This Week

If passed the bill would amend tax laws to recognize digital currencies as a form of property.

Feb 16, 2021 at 12:16 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:11 p.m. UTC

The Russian State Duma, the country's lower house of government, will consider draft legislation on the taxation of cryptocurrency on Wednesday.

  • The Federation's government announced in January that the proposed bill would amend parts of the tax code to take into account the use of cryptocurrency, classing digital assets as property.
  • The draft bill introduces the requirement for citizens to declare receipts or write-offs of crypto assets should they exceed the equivalent of 600,000 rubles ($8,184) annually.
  • The legislation is being proposed out of concern that cryptocurrency is being used for tax evasion, money laundering and other illegal activities, the government said.
  • Further, Russia's tax authorities do not have information on citizens opening crypto wallets and what they are being used for, per the announcement.
  • The plan to recognize digital assets as a kind of property in Russia, but to bar their use in payments, was first aired last summer.

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