Tax exemptions on income from crypto-connected transactions have been proposed throughout a meeting at the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. Participants also called for a 10 fold improve of the limit for person investments in ICOs. Russians ought to be allowed to open accounts with foreign exchanges, officials insisted.
Proposals to amend the draft law “On Digital Economic Assets” have been mounting in Russia, as legislators are preparing to overview the bill authored by the Finance Ministry. A operating group composed of representatives from other ministries, government agencies, banks and firms have come up with new concepts to tweak the legislation.
Tax breaks on profits from crypto transactions have been proposed for the duration of a meeting of the group at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, Vedomosti reported. A ministry official stated that exemptions need to cover not only corporate earnings, but individual incomes, as nicely. Participants also referred to as for growing the limit for individual shares of “unqualified” investors in ICOs from 50,000 to 500,000 Russian rubles ($eight,800 USD).
The experts insisted on lifting restrictions for foreign investments in Russian ICOs. Also, the operating group proposed Russian token holders be allowed to set up accounts with foreign cryptocurrency exchanges and invest in coin offerings abroad.
Representatives of the Ministry of Communications, the Justice Ministry, the Central Bank of Russia, the Federal Antimonopoly Service, “Skolkovo” Fund, Gazprombank, Sberbank, telecom organizations and payment providers took part in the meeting on Tuesday. Their proposals will be reviewed by a government panel. The Finance Ministry, which has ready the bill, is not a member of the functioning group.
The Russian “Minfin” has been ordered by President Vladimir Putin to prepare the legislation needed to regulate the cryptocurrency sector. It is also operating on its own amendments to the draft which need to be introduced in Russian parliament quite soon.
The ministry has not noticed the most current proposals but, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev admitted. “Introducing tax exemptions is expedient, but the notion to enhance the limit for individual investments in ICOs is debatable and we can go over it,” stated Moiseev, whose bill is much more restrictive in that respect.
The law is meant to regulate the new crypto sector of the Russian economy. It covers public coin offerings and the circulation of tokens separately from cryptocurrencies. The bill defines the legal status of sensible contracts, as well. On Wednesday Moiseev told Tass that the draft will be presented in the State Duma inside days.
The bill on digital monetary assets has drawn some criticism in the previous couple of weeks. Authorities from the crypto sector consider that the draft of the Finance Ministry needs serious revision, as it leaves a lot of unresolved problems. Lawyers operating with crypto companies said that legal rights and obligations of industry participants are unclear. The authors have provided suggestions for ICOs, but have not defined the status of tokens and wise contracts really nicely. Russian authorities in common have been criticized for their slow progress towards adopting crypto regulations.
The public debate has exposed some main differences among relevant institutions, notably Minfin and Centrobank, which disagree on the circulation, exchange and trade of cryptocurrencies. In Tuesday’s meeting the CBR representative has after once again insisted that tokens ought to only be exchanged for fiat funds – rubles or foreign currency, and not cryptocurrencies. On the other hand, the Finance Ministry has been pushing for permitting crypto trade on Russian exchanges. “We intend to separate tokens from digital currencies and primarily go over tokens in the draft law. But we are prepared to speak about digital currency in this or in yet another format”, Alexei Moiseev stated in December.
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Published at Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:10:31 +0000