Cryptocurrencies Admitted in Latvia in order to be Taxed

Aimed to gain its share of the profits, the Latvian government might accept cryptocurrencies as a legal means of exchange
13 April 2018   849

Tax filing campaign of 2018 is taking place and authorities don’t have much time. Two parliamentary committees and the Ministry of Finance have revealed their views on the matter this week. Latvians may owe the state tax on their gains from crypto transactions very soon.

Some lawmakers admonished to their colleagues and constituents that cryptocurrencies are not considered a legal proposal in the Baltic state and come with speculative bubbles and financial pyramids. Members of the Financial and Capital Markets Committee, nevertheless, noted that cryptos can “function as a means of exchange”.

The Ministry of Finance claimed that the Latvian government is thinking comprehensive cryptocurrency regulations. The Prime-Minister`s working group stated by Māris Kučinskis has been directed to prepare the proposals. It is going to  study market risks, but also evaluate potential benefits associated with cryptocurrencies.

Cryptos are being strongly criticised by the Latvian politicians for failing to perform one or more of the functions of fiat money – means of payment, medium of exchange, unit of account, and store of value. The “means of exchange” labeling now gives Latvian officials a possibility to tax cryptocurrency transactions. Maybe if they think about VAT, a “means of payment” status will also be attributed. No tax is presently due on crypto purchases of goods and services in Latvia.

There is no Latvian law to regulate cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin but authorities in Riga say revenues from crypto trading are subject to personal and corporate income tax. The country has a flat income tax rate of 23%. Incomes from dividends and interest are taxed at 10%. 15% tax is due on capital gains from shares, real estate, and intellectual property. The standard rate of Value Added Tax is 21%. Financial transactions are released from VAT. Tax returns in Latvia are filed between March 1 and June 1 of the year following the taxation year.

G Suite & Target Twitter Accounts Hacked

Scammers hacked verified G Suite and Target Twitter account to use it for another fake "crypto giveaway"; 5.8634 bitcoins received
14 November 2018   112

Twitter accounts of one of the leaders in US retail Target and Google G Suite services were hacked by unknown, who immediately announced the free giveaway of bitcoins. The legitimate owners returned access to their pages quickly enough, but fraudsters still managed to get about $ 30,000.

After hacking the account G Suite, which has more than 800k subscribers, announced the distribution of 10 000 BTC. As reported by The Next Web, this post was deleted after 10 minutes. At the moment, Google has not commented on the situation.

Scammers message
Scammers message

Account Target, which has a little less than 2M subscribers, announced the distribution of 5 000 BTC.

Representatives Target confirmed hack of account, starting an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

Early this morning, our Twitter account was inappropriately accessed. The access lasted for approx. half an hour & one fake tweet was posted during that time about a bitcoin scam. We have regained control of the account, are in close contact with Twitter & are investigating now.

As exploers show, there were no transfers to the of hackers of the G Suite account. However, with the help of a post on the Target page, attackers were able to get 5.8634 bitcoins.