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   535

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.

HashFlare Users to Face Withdrawal Issues

Looks like Bitcoin cloud mining is not super profitable
18 July 2018   92

Users of HashFlare mining pool can't withdraw their funds, while their contracts are threatened with a temporary ban. Even lower restrictions on withdrawal of funds in the amount of 0.03 BTC caused problems for users, but the service raised the threshold to 0.05 BTC and 0.1 ETH . This is reported by Cryptovest.

In addition, financial pyramids are often promoted under the guise of mining contracts for cloud mining. For last few months, there was a big jump in mining difficulty of many cryptocurrencies, so, old contacts had become unprofitable.

As reported, the reason for the locked funds dates back further - at the beginning of June, so much hashing power was flowing into the Bitcoin network that contracts saw all the mined coins go toward their maintenance fee.

Currently, more and more users who have purchased contracts at earlier stages are facing the fact that they can not withdraw their funds. One of them managed to return the money spent through the bank card operator after filing a corresponding complaint.

To anybody that purchased a Hashflare cloud mining contract with a credit card, it might be possible to get a refund with that credit card as one of my followers tipped me. He bought his contracts at the end of 2017.
 

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The hash rate of bitcoin increased from 13 EHash / s at the beginning of the year to more than 40 EHash / s in recent months. The difficulty of mining in the present conditions depends on the circumstances of the specific miner. The cost of bitcoin mining for some of them is $ 4,400, while others spend about $ 5,800. However, in 2018, cloudy mining is called an even more dubious occupation than before, especially when it comes to mining bitcoin.