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日本计划明年停止对购买比特币行为征收消费税

据日经亚洲评论报道,日本计划明年春天停止对比特币购买的消费税征收。此举不但降低了比特币购买者的费用,也缓解了电子货币交易所运营者的行政税收负担。

在七国集团中,日本是唯一一个对比特币购买征收营业税的国家。目前,在日本交易所购买比特币需要支付8%的消费税和其他费用。此次取消消费税,将会促进比特币和其他作为传统货币替代品的虚拟货币的使用的增长。

一位主要的比特币交易所运营者表示:“行政工作也会因此而减少。”

日本金融厅(FSA)在今夏就电子货币的本质进行了澄清,并根据其本质决定是否需要对电子货币的购买征收营业税。根据日经亚洲评论的报道,财政部和金融厅的讨论将会引发年末举行的一个正式的税收联合顾问团听证会。

今年早些时候,日本内阁通过了对虚拟货币的新监管方案,该法案承认比特币等电子货币作为合法的支付手段实现了货币的功能。5月,日本议会(包括上议院和下议院的立法机关)为了更好保护用户,通过了对于虚拟货币交易所运营者的监管法案。

根据东京某家比特币交易所运营者ResuPress的报道,截至9月,日本有近2500家商店和餐厅接受比特币作为支付工具。ResuPress计划在最快在今年内允许客户用比特币支付电子账单。

 

Japan is planning to end sales-tax collection on digital currency purchases in the spring, which would not only reduce costs for buyers but also relieve cryptocurrency exchange operators of the administrative tax burden, Nikkei Asian Review reported.

Among the Group of Seven leading industries economies, Japan is the only country that levies tax the purchase of bitcoin. Currently, users have to pay 8 percent consumption tax in Japan to buy bitcoins at exchanges, in addition to other fees. The end of the sales tax would likely boost the growth of bitcoin and other digital currencies as alternatives to traditional currency.

"Administrative work will be reduced substantially," an official of a major bitcoin exchange operator said.

The Financial Services Agency (FSA) sought clarification in the summer on the nature of digital currencies for deciding whether these purchases should be taxed. According to Nikkei Asian Review, discussions between the Finance Ministry and the FSA are expected to lead to a formal decision after talks by a ruling-coalition tax panel at the end of the year.

Earlier this year, Japan's cabinet approved new regulations relating to cryptocurrencies, which recognize digital currency such as bitcoin as a legal form of payment fulfilling the functions of currency. In May, the Diet in Japan (the legislature that is composed of the Lower and the Upper Houses) approved a bill to regulate operators of virtual currency exchanges in the country, in order to help ensure better protection of users.

According to ResuPress, a Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange operator, nearly 2,500 stores across Japan accept bitcoin as a means of payment for shopping and dining as of September. ResuPress has plans to allow users pay electricity bills with bitcoin starting as early as this year.


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