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EU Court of Justice Rules That Bitcoin Legally Exempt from VAT

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by Zhanna Lyasota · 2 min read
EU Court of Justice Rules That Bitcoin Legally Exempt from VAT
The European Court of Justice (ECJ), officially just the Court of Justice, is the highest court in the European Union in matters of European Union law. It was established in 1952 and is based in Luxembourg. Photo: Paddy C./Flickr

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Bitcoin will be exempt from VAT.

On Thursday, 22nd of October, the European Court of Justice ruled that trading of Bitcoin and other digital currencies are officially exempt from VAT, which means that digital currencies are treated as fiat currency and customers should not be taxed when buying or selling them across all 28 EU member states.

According to the Financial Times, the EU Court of Justice said that Bitcoin transactions “are exempt from VAT under the provision concerning transactions relating to currency, bank notes and coins used as legal tender.”

“It’s very good news,” said Simon Dixon, CEO of Bnktothefuture.com. “If you were taxed on the exchange it would make it an inferior currency to other currencies, so the implications of it being treated as a currency are that it can free flow.”

The court was reviewing whether VAT should be charged on exchanges like the failed Mt. Gox that converted the digital currency into fiat currency while taking a transfer fee.

As said by lawyer Jonathan Rogers, the decision brings Bitcoin and other digital currencies closer to mainstream acceptance, and may lead to greater adoption in the wider financial and economic space.

“From a strategic perspective, this decision, which appears to ensure virtual currencies will be seen as cash, should be an opportunity for emerging forms of financial services & FinTech to get a shot in the arm – bringing growth and consolidation,” Rogers said. “Greater clarity can now emerge in the debate about how to regulate virtual currencies, leading to increased credibility and consumer confidence; in turn, virtual currencies will have a much greater critical mass in the financial services system.”

For instance, CEO of Nasdaq Bob Greifeld unveiled that the US exchange group will be using blockchain technology for corporate actions services on one of its European exchanges.

During his speech at the Financial News Awards for Excellence in Trading and Technology in London, Greifeld said that Nasdaq will be using the blockchain to better manage and streamline the proxy voting process, an initiative that will first be tested on its Nasdaq’s market in Estonia.

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Zhanna Lyasota

Zhanna has a background working for an American multinational food and beverage company as well as at a number of translation agencies serving similar top multinational corporations. She enjoys discovering new cultures as well as learning new languages. She is also a lover of all things fabric and floral ,especially if they are design-related. Zhanna is a graduate of Belarusian State Economic University with a major in Intercultural Business Communications.

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