“We perceive virtual currencies as having two roles now: one as a means of exchange and the other, as an investment asset,” says Slovakia’s Finance Minister Kažimír “We are really interested in solving the issues related to taxation of the income stemming from its exchange for goods, as well as of the income stemming from trading such a cryptocurrency.” Slovakia evidently is tackling the issue of crypto taxation, if not at least with a directive issued in March, clarifying a number of questions concerning the topic.
Cryptocurrency taxes for individuals in Slovakia
For private individuals profits made from cryptocurrencies are taxable. Thus, income from the sale of cryptocurrencies is listed under "other income" in personal income tax return. The taxable amount can be lowered by corresponding costs, yet it has to be noted, that this only is possible to the level of the income obtained. As for other income, the tax rates applying are either 19% or 25%. Whereas the first applies for a total income lower than 35.022,31€, the latter if the total income is above this.
Cryptocurrency regulations for businesses in Slovakia
For those operating with cryptocurrencies for business purposes, virtual currencies are defined to be financial assets. To be exact, from accounting point of view cryptocurrencies are short-term financial assets other than cash. Hence, losses cannot be carried forward. The assets are priced at market value the moment of transaction. Furthermore, taxation to be considered by businesses or individuals is tax applying to the mining of virtual currencies. In this case, the cryptocurrencies obtained will be booked at market value as soon as they are sold or traded.
Government statements on cryptocurrencies in Slovakia
In March 2018 the Ministry of Finance in Slovakia released a methodological guideline to clarify the taxation of virtual currencies. Finance Minister Peter Kažimír stated clearly, that a taxation is necessary. Tax experts consider the directive to be a "preliminary solution meant to cover the year 2017" and are sure that further regulations will follow. Further, Kažimír calls for a global solution in terms of regulation as Slovakia, together with many other countries, faces the issue of not being able to enact any regulations or obligations outside the country.
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