According to Reuters, the Russian draft law that sought to exempt issuers of digital assets and cryptocurrencies from value-added tax has been approved by members of the state Duma today.
Tax exemption draft law approved by members of the state Duma
The crypto regulation discussion in Russia has been on for a while and the country’s financial authorities have expressed distaste for cryptocurrencies and other related assets severally. Russia’s Central Bank approved usage of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets for foreign trade recently.
Also in February, blockchain platform Atomyze was given the first license to exchange digital assets in Russia, soon after, a licence for dominant lender Sberbank followed.
The present rate on transactions is 20%, this is also the rate for standard assets. Under the new law, the tax would be 13% for Russian companies and 15% for foreign ones. However the draft must still receive a final approval by the upper house and signed by the President.