Taxpayers in Chile are reportedly going to have to pay taxes on crypto-currency earnings this year since the country’s internal revenue body (Servicio de Impuestos Internos, SII) has included a section for crypto assets on THEtaxpayer’s annual income tax returns form
According to Chile’s local media, the government ruled that cryptos would not be subjected to value-added tax since they are seen as “intangible assets”. Chilean taxpayers will from now henceforth pay taxes on crypto-related earnings since this will swell up their total income.
As per Chilean publication Diario Bitcoin, the government has for the first time ever included a crypto section in its forms. The same publication reported that the Chilean government through a letter signed by Fernando Barraza, the director of SII directed those who trade in cryptos to register their operations through tax exempt invoices. This enables the regulatory agency to keep track of them.
According to Diario Bitcoin, a spike in crypto interest in Chile raised eyebrows within government prompting the start of crypto monitoring. Although Chileans will be paying taxes using cryptos their legality in the country is still subject to debate. The SII latest move, however, offers legitimacy to cryptos in a lot of people’s eyes.
Another local crypto publication known as CryptoNoticias reportedly had a sit down with tax attorney Patricio Bravo, member of a non-governmental organization called Bitcoin Chile revealed that crypto enthusiasts were waiting for the SII’s input. He said;
“The SII has arranged taxation in the broadest possible way, this is apparently due to two objectives: on one hand expand the tax structure as much as possible to cover all types of crypto assets and, on the other hand, due to the current lack in Chilean legislation of figures specifically designed for this type of instruments, which makes it difficult to generate more specific items”
Crypto adoption has been growing in Chile albeit with a myriad of challenges. Crypto exchanges in Chile have been struggling after banks put sanctions on them. Despite these challenges, crypto adoption has not been majorly hampered.