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Japan exempts bitcoin from Consumption Tax

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  • 02 April 2017 | Richard Asquith

Japan exempts bitcoin from Consumption Tax

The Japanese government has approved the exemption of digital currencies, such as bitcoin, from Consumption Tax.

The boost for virtual currencies reflects similar changes in the EU and many on other countries.  The exemption from Japan’s 8% indirect tax regime recognises bitcoin as a private currency used for the exchange of goods or services, and that the currencies hold no intrinsic value.

The measure will come into force from 1 July 2017.

Traders of bitcoin will though remain liable to tax on their gains – capital gains tax or corporate income tax.

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.