Germany Not to Tax Bitcoin Purchases

According to the Ministry of Finance, Germany won't tax bitcoin users for using the cryptocurrency as a means of payment
01 March 2018   1204

According to the guidance, published Tuesday by the Ministry of Finance, Germany will regard bitcoin as the equivalent to legal tender for tax purposes when used as a means of payment.

The Ministry of Finance based its guidance on a 2015 European Union Court of Justice ruling on value-added taxes (VAT).

The new German document considers cryptocurrencies as a legal method of payment. The document states that cryptocurrencies become the equivalent to legal means of payment.

According to the document, converting crypto into a fiat currency is a taxable miscellaneous benefit. However, an intermediary for the exchange will not be taxed.  But when a customer buys a product with bitcoin, an article of the EU's VAT Directive will be applied to the price of bitcoin at the time of the transaction.

The document also states that payment fees sent to digital wallet providers or other services can be taxed. Miners will not be taxed, as their services are considered to be voluntary.

Traders, that buy or sell bitcoin in their own name as an intermediary will receive a tax exemption. At the same time, an exchange operating as a technical marketplace will not receive any such exemption.
 

Bear Market to Hit Mining Hard

BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of market decline on the mining industry
11 December 2018   63

The cryptocurrency market has experienced a marked decline over the past weeks. The BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of these events on the mining industry. Bitcoin hash rate has fallen by 31% since the beginning of November, which is equivalent to the capacity of 1.3 million Bitmain S9 devices. From this, BitMEX concludes that miners as a class are in a difficult situation, however, they may have different conditions, and those who pay more for electricity, are forced to turn off their equipment first, while others may still be quite viable.

The decrease in the price of Bitcoin by 45% since the beginning of November has already caused two recalculations of the complexity of mining to the lower side - by 7.4% and 15.1% on November 16 and December 3, respectively. The first recalculation turned out to be the largest since January 2013, the second - since October 2011.

Bitcoin mining revenue fell from $ 13 million per day in early November to $ 6 million per day in early December. The fall in the size of the miner's encouragement turned out to be even more rapid than the fall in the price of cryptocurrency. This is due to the delay in recalculating the complexity of mining. For the six-day period ending December 3, 21.8% fewer blocks were mined than expected, since the miners left the network before recalculating the difficulty. As a result, in addition to reducing the size of the miners' encouragement in dollar terms, due to lower asset prices, they received 21.8% less bitcoin awards.

One of the popular reasons for the recent decline in the cryptocurrency market is that miners sold bitcoins to cover their costs of hash warsin the Bitcoin Cash network. The monitoring platform Boltzmann recorded an unusually large sale of Bitcoin by the miner on November 12, that is, 3 days before the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash.

BitMEX assumes that the actions of miners over the past weeks could have played a significant role in reducing the market, however, recommends not overestimating their value and reminds that in a bearish trend, prices continue to fall regardless of asset movements and news.