Brazil to Impose 15% Tax on Crypto Earnings Held on Offshore Exchanges: Report

The bill is awaiting presidential approval.

AccessTimeIconNov 30, 2023 at 5:18 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 8, 2024 at 5:52 p.m. UTC

The Brazilian Senate approved new income-tax regulations that could mean citizens will face paying up to 15% on earnings from cryptocurrencies held on international exchanges, Yahoo Finance reported Thursday.

The regulation, if sanctioned by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, could be effective as of Jan. 1. The bill has been approved by the Chamber of Deputies.

Those affected will be Brazilians earning more than $1,200 from foreign exchanges and investment funds with a single shareholder. According to Yahoo Finance, the government set a revenue target of $4 billion for these taxes in the new year.

Brazilian Senator Rogerio Marinho criticized the law, stating that the government introduced a tax due to poor management, according to the report.

Cryptocurrencies have become increasingly popular in Brazil with the country ranking ninth in terms of crypto adoption according to a Chainalysis report. CoinDesk recently reported that the nation also has around $100 million in assets under management for spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Edited by Sheldon Reback.


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