Countries With 0% Tax On Bitcoin/Cryptos: Tax Free Life

Let’s talk about Bitcoin/crypto taxation today.

I have seen many millennials anxiously talking about tax-free crypto countries and the taxation laws of their countries. These millennials, just like you and me, are also Bitcoin/crypto investors and HODLers.

Today I am doing this post to talk a little about tax-free crypto countries.

Tax-free crypto countries!?!?

The first obvious question that might come to mind is:

  • Are there any countries in the world where Bitcoin/other cryptos are not taxed?

And the answer to this is YES! There are!

But some countries are really confused on whether to consider Bitcoin/cryptos as a commodity, currency, or an asset.

So until that confusion gets resolved, I’m going to talk about some tax haven countries for Bitcoin/cryptos that can benefit you.

Note: There are all sorts of Bitcoin taxes in different countries (like GST, VAT, Service Tax, CGT (Capital Gains Tax), etc.)… But in this article, we will talk only about CGT (Capital Gains Tax) because that’s the only one that matters to end users or investors like us.

2002 Crypto Tax free Countries:

As the rules and regulations regarding cryptos are being laid down in many countries, here I’m sharing an updated list of countries where taxes on cryptocurrencies is free or almost free.

  1. Thailand
  2. Portugal
  3. UAE
  4. El Salvador
  5. Singapore
  6. Malaysia
  7. Malta (Crypto Tax haven)
  8. Cayman Island
  9. Pureto Rico
  10. Switzerland

Tax Haven Bitcoin Countries

#1 Germany

In Germany, Bitcoin and other cryptos are not considered as a commodity, a stock, or any kind of currency. Instead, these things are considered as private money in a way that’s similar to foreign currency.

Trading bitcoins/altcoins are considered as a private sale under the rule 23 EStG which has tax-free benefits.

According to this rule, it means anyone trading bitcoins/altcoins is totally tax exempted if their capital gains are not more than 600 EUR. Also, if a trader is selling his/her Bitcoin/altcoins after a period of one year or more, then those capital gains are also totally tax exempt.

So let’s suppose you are in Germany… You bought 1 BTC on 1 August 2015 and bought another 1 BTC on 1 September 2017. On 2 September 2017, you sold your 1 BTC that you bought on 1 August 2015. In this scenario, you aren’t required to pay any capital tax gains after you cash out your 1st BTC in fiat.

And because of these rules, I think it is a tax-free heaven for mid-term and long-term hodlers.

For more details see here and here.

#2 Singapore

Singapore has historically been a friendly country in terms of capital regulations. That’s why in the scenario of digital currencies such as Bitcoin, it has taken a unique step.

Here, Bitcoin is neither considered a currency nor a commodity.

Businesses that are involved in digital currency trading are taxed on the profits derived from their business, but for individuals, there is no specific rule. So if you are in Singapore, you can bypass capital gains of Bitcoin/cryptos by bypassing these determining factors of trading.

On analyzing these factors, it appears that a long-term regular investor won’t be taxed when he/she cashes out.

Fine print of Crypto taxation in Singapore:

  • No GST/VAT on Crypto
  • No Capital gain TAX

#3 Belarus

Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe has shown signals of being very liberal towards digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.

On 22nd December 2017, The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko legalized cryptocurrencies including ICOs and smart contracts. And not only that but he declared cryptocurrency mining, trading and capital gains on cryptocurrencies & ICOs will also be tax-free for the next 5 years until January 1, 2023.

I think it a very smart move and opens the floodgates for the legalization of cryptocurrencies on an international stage.

#4 Slovenia

Slovenia is another Bitcoin tax haven for individual investors where capital gains are not taxed and not considered as part of their income.

But businesses of Bitcoin/cryptos are taxed, as well as individuals receiving their incomes in Bitcoin.

But all these rules came a long time ago in 2013, and since then, there has been no further updates on this by Slovenia’s Corporate Income Tax Act.

You can read here about Slovenia’s Corporate Income Tax Act on Bitcoin (archived by a Reddit user named “calyxxx” and also confirmed by Coindesk in their follow-up).

#5 Thailand

Thailand is another growing economy where there are no taxation on crypto. The trading is exempt from 7% VAT and 15% withholding tax. Also the new 2022 rules allow traders to offset losses against gains.

Thailand has always been an ideal choice for expats who wants tax residency of another country or want to live a better life. With this new crypto taxation law, Thailand is going to be one of top 10 choice for crypto investors and traders. Thailand offers many visa program, and the chpeast one costs about $18,000 which includes multi-entry visa permit for 5 years. If you are considering Thailand for its relaxed taxation norms for crypto, then do read about Thailand elite visa program.

Taxing Bitcoin

For now, there are only these countries that have explicitly and officially taken a stand on the tax exemption of capital gains on Bitcoin/cryptos.

That said, many countries are “unofficially” Bitcoin tax havens as they don’t have any Capital Gains taxes there. Some of these countries are Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, Barbados, MalaysiaMauritius, and others.

So if you are living in one of the above-mentioned countries, enjoy capital freedom. And if you are not from these countries, then you might want to move there!

Before you plan to move to any of these countries, make sure to check how easy or tough it is to get a bank account. For example, Dubai is another hot destination for crypto startups and investors, but getting a bank account for crypto businesses in UAE is a challenge, same issue is in Singapore.

Also, meanwhile make sure to use a tool like Koinly to manage your taxes. Even if you don’t have to pay taxes, but managing book of records would be helpful in the future.

Whatever scenario you are in, keep spreading the Bitcoin word with CoinSutra!

That’s all from my side.

Adios!

This list is the product of a lot of research. If you know of any other countries where Bitcoin/cryptos are tax exempt, share it with us in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the proof!

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57 thoughts on “Countries With 0% Tax On Bitcoin/Cryptos: Tax Free Life”

  1. Şerif

    Hi,
    I am glad to know you, and I am here because I am very curious about crypto money. I know that it will become much more common in the future. We must be ready for the future. We must continue to share information. Love and greetings from Turkey.

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      @Serif Agree with you!

  2. Bob

    Netherlands:

    – no taxation of trades or purchases of crypto currencies

    – your assets: money in the bank, value of your stocks|shares|crypto currency|real estate (your primary residence is except) are taxed at ~1.2% of their value
    – regardless of appreciation/depreciation

    So a rise in value of your crypto currencies from 1 to 1.000.000 euros will cost you 10.000 in taxes.

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      That’s great info, Bob. Are you based out of Netherlands?

      Can you provide some authentic link about the same information?

  3. Jatin

    How about this situation?
    I want to send money from Germany to India. I am converting my amount to Bitcoins in Germany, to oppose the banking system, I transfer bitcoins to my wallet on one of the crypto exchange in India and get the money from exchange to my NRI Indian bank account. My family then withdraws the money from the bank. The price just moons and I make a profit during this I had Bitcoins, should I report the profits while filing my ITR in Germany/ India?

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      of course, you need to report if you don’t want problems later.

  4. Nicolas

    HI,
    Thank you the article is very informative. I have a question: if I buy bitcoins from a country where capital gains are taxed, then I move to live in a country where capital gains are not taxed and sell my bitcoins, do I still need to pay tax to the original country?

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      If you have revoked your previous citizenship than you need not otherwise yes.

  5. JAY

    Are you sure about that? Shouldn’t you pay taxes based on which fiscal residency you are?
    From the example of Nicolas, if he goes to HK or Singapore, and bases himself as a fiscal resident over there, should he still pay tax to his original country where he bought the bitcoins?

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      If he hasn’t renounced his citizenship of original country then, YES. Still, you can check with a tax expert in your native country.

      1. jim

        Hi,
        I believe you pay taxes depending of where you are based, not based on your citizenship. (example: French citizens that move to Monaco or Belgium, but stay French, to avoid ertain taxes)
        The USA is one of the only countries in the world that taxes their citizens living abroad, which is why so many american citizens revoke their citizenship btw

  6. Marcin

    How about this scenario?
    I buy 1 bitcoin (15000$ in value) on coinbase using my bank account or credit card, transfer to decentralized exchange, buy other crypto coins, these cryptos will raise in value, i exchange them to etherium, transfer etherium to coinbase, sell etherium (50000$ in value) on coinbase and then transfer USD back to my bank.
    How i pay taxes then and for what?
    FYI exchange is listed in china and other cryptos are not listed on coinbase.

    Thank you

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      You can do so and you need to adhere to USA’s IRS policies of tax and capital gains for paying your taxes.

  7. Rodolfo Sanchez

    Hi Sudhir,

    Great read, do you know of anyway to buy and sell cryptos in one of these countries if you are residing in USA?

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      LocalBitcoins for Bitcoin and LocalEthereum for Ethereum. You can meet and agree to the terms of exchange on these platforms.

  8. Girl power

    Hi,
    Could you clarify me somethings ?

    1. Does this apply to all cryptocurrencies ?

    2. What if I had bought Ethereum, I converted it to another cryptocurrency, this currency then surged in a year, after a year, I trade this currency with ethereum, and I want to change it to FIAT. How does tax work here ? Since, the “Eth” i traded for FIAT is not the same I had used to buy the other cryptocurrency.

    Thank a lot for your post

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      I believe all but some countries specifies rules only related to BTC..

      1. girl power

        So you mean, for all transactions ETH/EUR are tax-exempt ?

  9. Pono Marin

    Any news on the Philippines?

  10. Suzanne Leigh

    This is a great post. Thank you so much for your time and research.

    Do you have information about the Philippines?

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      No not yet, listed only those with some concrete intel.

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      Cool, any trustable statement from the government of Cyprus that you can share with me?

  11. Rodrigo

    Hi can you mention what is the situation in the uk? And what about latin american countries?

  12. Rodrigo

    Hi can you mention what is the situation in the uk? And what about latin american countries? El salvador, argentina,paraguay, panama, mexico?

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      Sure will do a thorough research and share if got something. But I think except Panama it is taxable but there are very little & unreliable statements from the governments.

  13. Nick

    Denmark IS NOT Cryptocurrency heaven. The government is looking into the rules again as we speak. You are referring to a statement from 2014, which is obsolete. While it might still hold, it is only true for people who invested because they believed in the tech. Not traders. All of the banks are scared to hold FIAT gains made from Crypto, so it is hard to even cash out to your bank account if you have made significant gains. This includes SAXO bank.

    Also, the Danish government loves to tax people. If we are forced to pay taxes today, it will be a 53% taxation. Hopefully, they will regulate it to mirror the rules of stocks. If that is the case, we will “only” be taxed 42%.

  14. B.Bukak

    hold on something does not make sense here – reading what other say. Surely for capital Gains tax (UK) until you withdraw the crypto, i.e. into fiat and into your bank account: you wont need to declare anything else?

  15. Salman

    What about the United Kingdom? Do you know what taxes are due there for crypto?

  16. Pepo

    Hi Sudhir!
    Thank you very much for the information. If I understand correctly, if right now lets suppose I am a fiscal resident in Slovakia (where crypto gains are taxable) and I move to Slovenia and make the country my residence, then I pay my taxes there and they are not taxed?
    If it is like this I have a lot to think about!

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      I am no expert in flag theory. You need to consult flag theory consultants for this.
      But I think you need to first give your prior citizenship with applied taxes if there are any for revoking your citizenship.
      USA has it when you revoke your citizenship.

  17. Kraken

    I believe Portugal is also tax-free when it comes to cryptocurrencies. Can you confirm?

  18. Commenter

    Portugal decided to join this group. Check it and add it.

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      Thanks for the heads-up

  19. AndyMatrix

    Can someone please check gran canaria island?
    Hope crypto is tax free over there, best place to live in Europe :).

    Lets all move to las palmas :))))))))))))))

  20. Ali Hasan

    Hello , i need Some info , which country is safe to Listed Exchange ?
    i want to make an Exchange , share your opinion

  21. Ali Hasan

    you did not Get my Question , i want to ask where is bittrex and polonix Register ? how they pay Tax and in other word if i open my own exchange what kind of difficulties i can face ? which country is best to register Crypto exchange ?

  22. Ashish K

    Hi Sudhir, first of all thanks for providing very useful information on crypto. What if I purchase any crypto in USA, transfer to India exchange and later on sale the same. What will be the tax implication for the same. I have income proof in USA.

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      yes and according to Indian FEMA rules, if somehow you got noticed you can get in trouble.

  23. Sid

    Hi Sudhir. Do you also know anything about the forex taxation in the Netherlands?

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      nope nothing on forex

  24. Syed Mujahid

    IF I HAVE received 1 Bitcoin From My Friend & I Will SELL THAT COIN.
    WHAT WILL BE THE TAX FOR SELLING 1 BITCOIN…

    1. Sudhir Khatwani

      Check gifting rules in your country and you will be taxed accordingly.

  25. gapi

    Slowenija is not a bitcon tax free state you will have to pay 50% of tax so please update this info

  26. nexland

    do you know how crypto is taxed in canarias. i currently live in Belgium but plan on moving in a couple of months. i bout 8 months ago. do i pay taxes in Belgium or/and canarias if i move.

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