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Costa Rican Lawmakers Propose Nixing Almost All Taxes On Bitcoin
The move would attract foreign investors, fintech companies, and create jobs for Costa Ricans, says Costa Rican Congresswoman Johana Obando.
Ankita K.
7:37 28th Oct, 2022

Lawmakers in Costa Rica are working to make the Central American country a Bitcoin-friendly nation, with significantly lower taxes on crypto.

This week, Costa Rican lawmaker Johana Obando presented a bill to Congress for regulating the crypto market in the Central American country.

Obando, who now has a laser eyes meme on her Twitter page, said that the Cryptoassets Market Law (MECA) would “give protection to individual virtual private property, to the self-custody of crypto-assets and to decentralization” without interference from the country’s central bank—but in “perfect harmony” with it.

The idea is to have a law that recognizes what digital assets are and allow those who want to buy, sell, spend and store their crypto do so—without interference from the Costa Rican government.

Presented along with Congressmen Luis Diego Vargas and Jorge Dengo, the bill would not allow the government to tax cryptocurrencies when used to buy goods. It also wouldn’t let the government tax crypto sitting in cold storage—and crypto produced by the mining industry wouldn’t be subject to profit tax, either. Profits from crypto trading, however, would be subject to income taxes under the bill.

In short, the lawmakers want the Costa Rican government to recognize what crypto is and allow people to hold it and largely spend it freely. This, Obando said on Twitter, would eventually attract foreign investors, fintech companies, and create jobs for Costa Ricans.

But Obando made it very clear that the law would be different from El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law.

In El Salvador, Bitcoin is legal tender—meaning businesses must accept it if they have the technological means to do so.


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