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France has gotten in the way of a long list of new crypto-friendly tax regulations that seek to provide cryptocurrency merchants and their customers with more profits.

The French Nationwide Meeting rejected the regulations on Monday, believing that the present rate of tax exemptions is fair, and thus warrant no changes. At the time of writing, these exemptions stand at 305 euros, though the new laws would have risen this rate to roughly 3,000 or 5,000 euros. Members of the Meeting stated that such a spike would be nothing less than “extreme.”

All Crypto Businesses Are Pooled Together

In addition, the Meeting also turned down regulations that would have granted different rules for enterprises that engage in short-term or occasional cryptocurrency trades and those that did so regularly. A bill was also rejected that would have benefited those who have experienced capital losses on their digital asset portfolios.

Surprisingly, one amendment left out of the Meeting was a 30 percent flat tax set to be implemented for all cryptocurrency transactions. Presently, crypto property is taxed at over 36 percent, which accounts for 19 percent revenue and 17 percent social contributions. The Nationwide Meeting assembly has stated in the past that:

“A flat tax charge is positively welcomed for its simplicity and authorized certainty.”

the tax is described as follows:

“At present, bitcoin good points are taxed at a charge of 36.2 percent, whereas different types of capital good points on different non-real property are taxed at a flat 30 percent. The finance fee adopted a medication to the 2019 price range invoice that may topic gross sales of crypto-assets like bitcoin to the 30 percent flat charge as effectively.”

If the law had gone into effect for crypto-based property, such assets would be subject to the standard 30 percent tax rate rather than 36, lowering fees significantly for local traders.

Regular Crypto Activity in Europe

Over the past year, Europe has become something of a major crypto haven. Iceland, for example, has admitted that it currently requires more electricity to power its many bitcoin mining operations than it does to power all its residences, while Malta has become a central hub for several crypto businesses that have since packed up their bags and moved from Asia due to the continent’s growing (and restrictive) legislation regarding digital assets.

Switzerland arguably stands as Europe’s top crypto-performing nation, housing what’s known as Crypto Valley – an assortment of both blockchain and digital currency-based startups and business ventures.

Will France eventually see the light when it comes to cryptocurrency? Post your comments below.

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