Spanish Treasury Releases Guidelines to Minimize the Risk of Tax Evasion With Cryptocurrencies

Spanish Treasury Releases Guidelines to Minimize the Risk of Tax Evasion With Cryptocurrencies

The State Agency for Tax Administration of Spain published guidelines to reduce tax evasion for cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. The document is part of the general program of the so-called Annual Tax and Customs Control Plan.

Spanish Tax Authorities Could Ask Local Exchanges for Customers Data

According to the paper, the Spanish Treasury’s entity seeks to apply three measures, as the crypto markets’ hype generates “tax risks.” That’s why the agency expects to gather information as countermeasures against tax-related crimes.

The watchdog is looking with the first measure to ask for information from the local crypto exchanges about digital asset holders. The document clarifies they’re pursuing such measures to incentivize the voluntary tax payments on crypto transactions.

The second input made by the Treasury’s entity reads as follows:

Systematization and analysis of the information obtained, in order to facilitate the actions to control the correct taxation of the operations carried out and the origin of the funds used in the acquisition of cryptocurrencies.

But the state-backed agency wants to go beyond the national boundaries. The paper says the Treasury’s plan aims to “strengthen international cooperation” by participating in international forums with the third measure.

The purpose of such a move is to “gather more information” related to cryptos and other digital assets, the paper explained.

Future Initiatives to Take Place for Incentivizing the New Era of ‘Digital Money’

The Spanish Treasury also raised concerns about how technological advances facilitate criminal organizations to pursue financial crimes through cryptos. However, the paper also unveils that Treasury is aware of the growing crypto adoption, specifically in Europe:

Digital money and the trend to reduce the use of cash, has led to an increase in the use of cryptocurrencies as means of payment, so that by the end of 2020, there are already more than 6,500 cryptocurrencies in circulation. Most of the world’s central banks are developing their digital currencies, including the European Central Bank with the creation of the digital Euro, in which Spain participates.

The Annual Tax and Customs Control Plan plans to strengthen the initiatives to promote collaboration with service providers and e-commerce platforms to adopt new digital money solutions.

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