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   1363

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.

Argo to Report on Mining Profitability Increase in Q2

It was also reported that by the end of June, company owns about £ 3 million in crypto assets, which is 7.7% higher than expected
03 July 2019   224

The British mining company Argo Blockchain published a financial report for the second quarter of 2019, according to which its revenues increased significantly in the second quarter, exceeding its own expectations.

So, in comparison with the previous report, published in early June, the income from mining Argo Blockchain increased by 24%. The increase in profitability from mining at the same time turned out to be proportional to the increase in the Bitcoin price observed during the recent period.

The Company now expects to generate 161 BTC, or GBP1.38m of cryptoassets, in June based on a BTC price of $10,817.16 USD as of 30 June 2019. This is an increase of approximately 101% from the Company's May mining results and represents a mining margin of roughly 81%. The Company considers that this demonstrates that the Company is one of the most efficient miners in the market.
 

Argo Blockchain Team

Argo Blockchain also said that as of the end of June, the company owns about £ 3 million in cryptocurrency assets, which is 7.7% higher than expected.

Also Argo Blockchain intends to expand its activities. In particular, the company plans to deploy another 2500 miners in Quebec by the end of the third quarter, which is also expected to significantly increase revenues.

Our better-than-expected mining performance reflects both improving industry conditions as well as Argo's business strategy, which has enabled it to rapidly ramp up operations and thereby take full advantage of the upturn. As a result, we enter the third quarter with a strong momentum to deliver further growth and improving mining efficiency.
 

Mike Edwards

Executive chairman, Argo

It should be noted Argo Blockchain was the first cryptocurrency company, the placement of shares of which was approved by the London Stock Exchange last June.