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   1489

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.

Layer1 to Receive $50M Investments

These investment helped the startup to reach $200M market value and and will be used to enter mining market
16 October 2019   111

Layer1, backed by the Digital Currency Group (DCG) raised $ 50 million from a number of well-known venture capitalists, including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

According to The Block, thanks to the successful closure of the Series A financing round, the company's market value reached $ 200 million.

Initially, the company focused on supporting the ecosystem of confidential cryptocurrency Grin. However, now the San Francisco-based firm intends to focus on bitcoin mining and plans to compete with Chinese miners over time.

We expect our chips to be competitive for at least eight years now...you want to have your own chips in hand. We also have our own electricity substations: effectively that's as close you can get to owning your own power plan.
 

Alexander Liegl

CEO, Layer1

To implement this plan, the company acquired land in Texas for the construction of substations, entered into a partnership with a Beijing manufacturer of semiconductors and built its own infrastructure for cryptocurrency mining. Ligl added that Layer1 intends to become a vertically oriented company that controls every element in the mining business process chain.

The company also intends to enter the lending and crypto derivatives markets.