Brazil Moves To Regulate Cryptocurrencies Through Taxation Author: Ali Raza Last Updated: 19 September 2019 Crypto trading has gained more traction over this year as Bitcoin prices continue to surge. More countries are working towards regulating crypto assets as the asset class makes headway into mainstream adoption. Brazil is one such country that is making moves towards the regulation of cryptocurrency. Several citizens in the South American country participate in Bitcoin trade, and the Brazilian government has begun taking steps towards recognizing the asset class as part of its financial systems. The government is working towards improving the transparency around crypto transactions and towards enabling authorities to audit the use of these assets. Regulatory adjustments in Brazil The Brazilian government has passed regulations that will require crypto users to disclose information about their dealings with cryptocurrency. Businesses that engage with cryptocurrencies are required to register their holdings with relevant authorities. The Brazilian Department of Federal Revenue (RFB) has made amendments to the tax laws that guide cryptocurrency. These tax law changes will apply to all crypto related activities such as donations, deposits, withdrawals, selling, buying, and barters. The RFB’s rules will mainly apply to businesses as they are the ones that move the most substantial amounts of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency exchanges that operate in Brazil will be subject to the conditions of the updated tax regulations. Individuals that perform crypto transactions over R$30,000 monthly will also be subject to the new tax laws. These individuals will be required to provide the necessary information about their crypto dealings to the RFB. According to the specifications of the tax law, crypto traders will be required to provide reports about their crypto dealings at the end of the month following their transactions. For example, any transactions that are executed in January should be recorded in a report that will be due on the last business day of February. These reports will also assist the country’s tax body to properly audit crypto transactions. Recognition of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as part of financial systems Several of Brazil’s citizens engage in the trade of cryptocurrency, and this asset class is being used for many daily transactions in the country. The Central Bank of Brazil recognizes Bitcoin and crypto assets as monetary assets which can be used to facilitate payments. Cryptocurrencies will also appear on the country’s statistics about the balance of trade. The support available to the crypto industry from the Brazilian government and its central bank shows that the country is geared to become a leader in the sector. The RBF has made cryptocurrency trading a taxable endeavor, and this will provide the necessary support for businesses that are participants in the industry. The availability of regulated systems controlling crypto trade could help further the cause for cryptocurrencies in the country. Tax laws will reassure prospective traders that their dealings are secure under the country’s monetary regulations. This reassurance will bring more people to crypto trading, and crypto to crypto transactions will likely increase in the country as a result of the new tax regulations.