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European legislators push for revenue generated from crypto activities to finance the EU 2021 to 2027 budget. Over $185B obtained from crypto mining, investors’ profits, and digital transactions will be used to finance the EU budget.

Crypto Taxes in the EU

 A draft report issued by the European Committee on Budgets reveals that the regulators will soon implement new taxation policies on cryptocurrency. The report suggests that the revenue generated from the crypto transaction will be used to fund the EU annual budget.

The report revealed that the crypto activities in Europe generated over 2 trillion euros in May 2021. Therefore, the French pro-crypto regulator Valérie Hayer urges the regulators to develop stricter rules for crypto assets that have been witnessing rising popularity in the EU since 2018. Hayer also demands the launch of crypto-friendly taxation policies that meet global standards citing the cross-border digital market activities.

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Correspondingly, the European Commission proposed a tax rule known as the eighth Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC8). The new legislation requires all crypto operators operating within the bloc to register with the commissioner. As per the proposed rules, virtual service providers are tasked to submit user tax information to the regulators to mitigate evasion of crypto taxes.

The commissioners anticipate generating $2.5B from crypto activities once the new regulations are implemented.

The new taxation laws proposed by the commissioner tasked the regulators to deliberate further on crypto taxation conditions by specifying the initial amount the investors will remit.

New Crypto Laws Criticized 

Despite the commissioner’s efforts to develop crypto taxes, the EU leaders have contrasting viewpoints. 

In a report by a European Central Bank Board of Management member, Fabio Panetta argues that the new laws prioritize reducing the cost of crypto mining. Panetta argued that the proposed regulation should focus on reducing the emission of hazardous gases and the cost of energy supply.  

Meanwhile, the commissioner accepts valuable contributions concerning the proposed crypto laws from the EU legal team until early February. The legislators are encouraged to research friend taxation policies on financial transactions, imports, and revenue generated by corporations within the block.

Initially, the EU annual budget was funded by revenue contributed by members of the bloc, import duties, and court fines and penalties.

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