Back in May we set out the reasons why Portugal had become a beacon for crypto investors. However, in that very article, we raised the prospect that a mooted change in the winds might potentially snuff out that beacon.
The 2023 State Budget and Portugal Crypto tax
The ill wind stems from the publication of the 2023 State Budget document earlier in the week. It included a section in respect of the taxation of cryptocurrencies. Thus far, as can be gleaned from our previous article, profits have largely been untouched.
Instead, Portugal’s government is proposing a new 28% tax on capital gains from cryptocurrencies held for less than a year. This is consistent with the statements of the finance minister Mr Medina reported on this blog in May this year.
There is also a proposed income tax from other crypto activities such as mining or trading.
Other proposals include a 4% taxation fee on transfers of cryptocurrencies as a result of death plus stamp duties on commissions charged by crypto intermediaries.
Of course, Portugal’s parliament is still to have its say on whether these proposals are enacted.
Portugal will be aware that it is treading a fine line here. Portugal has become a magnet for crypto enthusiasts because of its benign tax position. Many such individuals are highly mobile and it might be that, if enacted, it causes a flight of crypto capital
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