Europe’s Tax Regulation is to Turn Its Searchlight on the Crypto Markets

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Quick Take

  • A new tax law will require maximum cooperation from Cryptocurrency providers.
  • The decentralized nature of virtual currencies hampers the work of tax authorities.

The European Union (EU), the supranational organization of Europe, will require cryptocurrency trading enterprises to abide by tax regulations to reduce the crime of tax evasion. The EU is implementing a new framework as part of attempts to ensure this, which mandates that digital currency suppliers from various regions of the continent, regardless of the shape of their business, must provide input on all interactions to the tax managers. Such a move if properly coordinated will boost the Union’s income-generating efforts making up for most of the shortfalls it has experienced in recent years.

The usage of digitalized assets is different from the use of fiat currencies, which are typically controlled centrally by the top banking institution of many countries. Tax authorities cannot have a complete understanding of the relevant data required to record activities in that sector and effectively harness sizable amounts of revenues that go off without a trace when there is no single authority monitoring the daily volume of transactions, especially given that they are transnational.

Bitcoin on a calculator and individual income tax return form 1040. tax for the trading of crypto-currencies.The time to pay taxes concept.

Bitcoin on a calculator and individual income tax return form 1040. tax for the trading of crypto-currencies.The time to pay taxes concept.

Scope of the Bill
Some of the virtual assets that will be impacted by the new regulatory policy are NFTs and stablecoins. European Council members representing their many constituencies are expected to have given the measure their complete approval before its ultimate takeoff, which is scheduled for 2026. Due to the super-rich transferring a sizable sum of money (not taxed) across and outside of national borders, the tax authorities’ purview will also be broadened to follow up on their actions.

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