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JoeBlow

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What am I missing here with the following potential crypto sale? (assume Cyprus residency)

Step 1 - Sell crypto on Kraken
Step 2 - Send EURs from Kraken to German Fidor Bank (individual account).
Step 3 - Forward at your leisure from Fidor Bank to established Cyprus Bank account - funds aren't coming directly from an exchange thus shouldn't get blocked for the customary "internal bank policy" reasons.

Is this not possible? Tax implications?

Cheers
 

Almouk

New member
At the moment the taxable event is the conversion to FIAT. So moving from individual to company does not act as a trigger, however, this could change once a framework is introduced.


Hi, @CyprusLaw!

If the only taxable event is conversion to fiat -no idea if this point is confirmed by Tax Authorities or simply a common practice that is not completely safe-, you can trade as natural person and make profits without paying a penny, staying 183 days there taking in account with stablecoins you don`t have any risk of losing value in your portfolio as is not a taxable event. Is not a bad deal. Even you can profit from trading stocks up to 20k, witohut paying a single buck.

In that scenario of paying 0 taxes, do you see any problem to obtain the tax certificate?

As you manage good info about Cyprus, actually Crypto staking and Crypto lending profits are tax free as natural person? And under a company?

Staying 183 days there is not necessary to mantain the rental house during all the year, right?

Thanks in advance.
 

CyprusLaw

Mentor Group Gold
Hi, @CyprusLaw!

If the only taxable event is conversion to fiat -no idea if this point is confirmed by Tax Authorities or simply a common practice that is not completely safe-, you can trade as natural person and make profits without paying a penny, staying 183 days there taking in account with stablecoins you don`t have any risk of losing value in your portfolio as is not a taxable event. Is not a bad deal. Even you can profit from trading stocks up to 20k, witohut paying a single buck.

In that scenario of paying 0 taxes, do you see any problem to obtain the tax certificate?

As you manage good info about Cyprus, actually Crypto staking and Crypto lending profits are tax free as natural person? And under a company?

Staying 183 days there is not necessary to mantain the rental house during all the year, right?

Thanks in advance.
As I have mentioned in a previous post, this is the current position due to the absence of an amendment in the law. So you can not tax something (crypto) that is not explicitly identified in the law. In this respect at this moment the taxable event is when we have a conversion to FIAT. This could change in the future but an amendment of the law would be needed and therefore we would know well in advance of any such change.

With respect to the tax residency, both with the 60-day rule and with the 183-day rule you will need to show that you own or rent property, and if you rent the agreement's duration has to be at least for one year.
 

CyprusLaw

Mentor Group Gold
Hi, @CyprusLaw!

If the only taxable event is conversion to fiat -no idea if this point is confirmed by Tax Authorities or simply a common practice that is not completely safe-, you can trade as natural person and make profits without paying a penny, staying 183 days there taking in account with stablecoins you don`t have any risk of losing value in your portfolio as is not a taxable event. Is not a bad deal. Even you can profit from trading stocks up to 20k, witohut paying a single buck.

In that scenario of paying 0 taxes, do you see any problem to obtain the tax certificate?

As you manage good info about Cyprus, actually Crypto staking and Crypto lending profits are tax free as natural person? And under a company?

Staying 183 days there is not necessary to mantain the rental house during all the year, right?

Thanks in advance.
If you need to discuss further by PM I would be happy to pm you
 

lacomaco

Mentor Group Gold
Come on, why bother with this Al Jazeera Cyprus? Possible corporate structure with fat margins for the service provider and 12,5% corporate tax? Or ambiguity of whether crypto gains are taxable or not as personal income tax… The best I think would be to get residency in the UAE, wait 186 days, when you get the tax residency you transfer the funds to a newly opened Swiss account and keep the funds in a very safe environment… Do you really want to keep your money in dodgy technically bankrupt Cyprus banks?
 

CyprusLaw

Mentor Group Gold
Come on, why bother with this Al Jazeera Cyprus? Possible corporate structure with fat margins for the service provider and 12,5% corporate tax? Or ambiguity of whether crypto gains are taxable or not as personal income tax… The best I think would be to get residency in the UAE, wait 186 days, when you get the tax residency you transfer the funds to a newly opened Swiss account and keep the funds in a very safe environment… Do you really want to keep your money in dodgy technically bankrupt Cyprus banks?
1. 'Al Jazeera Cyprus' - so Dubai is better?
2. There is absolutely no ambiguity on tax at this time, there have been tax rulings both from the tax dept and big 4 on this.
3. 'Bankrupt Cyprus banks' ? if you are referring to the 2013 haircut, things are much different now, eight years later....
 

lacomaco

Mentor Group Gold
Hi CyprusLaw, when I referred to Al Jazeera probably you fully new that I reminded everyone about the dodgy way of doing business in Cyprus, don’t you? If you say that crypto trading (not long-term investment) is tax free then why you offer a company with 12,5% corporate tax? You resemble Liechtenstein lawyers who for the last 30 years offered Liechtenstein and only Liechtenstein as the best solution - as if nothing else exist in the world…

Concerning the banking system would you recommend Hellenic Bank instead of Julius Baer? The banking system on a net capital adequacy level did not manage to build up enough capital in the following 9 years to survive the fourth round of Covid or any seroius economic problems… In fact the losses in the economy of the last 2 years due to Covid probably equals any profits earned between 2013-2019 so net-net it is very bad.

And I did not even mention all the crooks who get their forex trading licences in Cyprus as it was the easiest country to get…

And I can continue for ages…
 

CyprusLaw

Mentor Group Gold
Hi CyprusLaw, when I referred to Al Jazeera probably you fully new that I reminded everyone about the dodgy way of doing business in Cyprus, don’t you? If you say that crypto trading (not long-term investment) is tax free then why you offer a company with 12,5% corporate tax? You resemble Liechtenstein lawyers who for the last 30 years offered Liechtenstein and only Liechtenstein as the best solution - as if nothing else exist in the world…

Concerning the banking system would you recommend Hellenic Bank instead of Julius Baer? The banking system on a net capital adequacy level did not manage to build up enough capital in the following 9 years to survive the fourth round of Covid or any seroius economic problems… In fact the losses in the economy of the last 2 years due to Covid probably equals any profits earned between 2013-2019 so net-net it is very bad.

And I did not even mention all the crooks who get their forex trading licences in Cyprus as it was the easiest country to get…

And I can continue for ages…
I will not even bother commenting - except from one point, I never said crypto trading is tax free in Cyprus, to the contrary.
 

JoeBlow

New member
no not found a solution. having spoken to some accountants/lawyers in CY there really isn't a consensus. most are pushing the corp 12.5% tax route more as a conservative option. i think i need to put boots on the ground in CY to find the best decision. the other thing is that if CY wants to be competitive with Germany and Portugal for example they cant just say its normal income, or even 12.5% tax otherwise people like me will just not do it and just go to Portugal etc. imo they should use this as an opportunity to say max 5% cap gains or sth like this and get people to invest this money within CY. so i am hoping the regulations that are coming will be more favorable than the 12.5%. banks will also need to accept that funds from crypto aren't "black listed". this is backward thinking and again uncompetitive and counterintuitive. it only takes 1 or 2 EU countries to brake ranks and this kind of hard line will mean nothing.

anyways i am not worried i think fiat is overrated. i would be happy to stay in crypto especially if EU/CY doesn't give some solid and forward thinking regulations that i can get behind.
 

Admin

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And I did not even mention all the crooks who get their forex trading licences in Cyprus as it was the easiest country to get…
They don't need to be crooks. Personally I know a company from UAE who is trustworthy and has been in business more than 10 years after all.
 

JoeBlow

New member
Is the below possible in Cyprus?

1 - Set up a Cyprus company (ABC Co.) and loan your crypto to ABC Co. at market interest rates.
2- Then borrow from (ABC Co) also at market interest rates deferring the interest payments.

In theory this would reduce ABC Co's income and thus the tax burden when selling the crypto to repay the loan. But more than this the secondary question is what is the basis for the original loan to ABC Co? Does the transferors original basis carry to ABC or does the crypto get revalued as of the date of the loan?

Further, is the loan to and from ABC Co a taxable event in any way?
 

Willblack

Active Member
Is the below possible in Cyprus?

1 - Set up a Cyprus company (ABC Co.) and loan your crypto to ABC Co. at market interest rates.
2- Then borrow from (ABC Co) also at market interest rates deferring the interest payments.

In theory this would reduce ABC Co's income and thus the tax burden when selling the crypto to repay the loan. But more than this the secondary question is what is the basis for the original loan to ABC Co? Does the transferors original basis carry to ABC or does the crypto get revalued as of the date of the loan?

Further, is the loan to and from ABC Co a taxable event in any way?
Is it possible? Yes.
Is it a good idea? Nope, unless you want to break a couple of laws, in which case there are smoother options.
 

JoeBlow

New member
Is it possible? Yes.
Is it a good idea? Nope, unless you want to break a couple of laws, in which case there are smoother options.
Hey Willblack thanks for the reply.

Can you be more specific as to what laws this is breaking. Its just like a BlockFi, Nexo or Celsius. And ABC Co could also be a Trust maybe? Just trying to think outside of the box.
 

CyprusBusiness

New member
Is the below possible in Cyprus?

1 - Set up a Cyprus company (ABC Co.) and loan your crypto to ABC Co. at market interest rates.
2- Then borrow from (ABC Co) also at market interest rates deferring the interest payments.

In theory this would reduce ABC Co's income and thus the tax burden when selling the crypto to repay the loan. But more than this the secondary question is what is the basis for the original loan to ABC Co? Does the transferors original basis carry to ABC or does the crypto get revalued as of the date of the loan?

Further, is the loan to and from ABC Co a taxable event in any way?
Injecting capital in the new Cyprus company in the form of debt has its benefits in that the Company’s taxable income will be reduced by the interest expense you will deduct arising from the loan.

However, repayment of the loan will have no impact on taxation and corporation tax will arise on any gains from crypto trading.

To answer your second question:
assuming the loan provided to the company will be denominated in euros and will be granted using crypto assets in their euro equivalent at the date of the agreement, then the repayment will be again in the euro equivalent at the date of repayment. Thus again there will be no tax impact on granting and repayment of the loan.

Please bear in mind that entering into a loan agreement with the company may have personal inclme tax impact as the interest from the loan shall be declared on your personal tax return.
 
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antani

New member
If the only taxable event is conversion to fiat -no idea if this point is confirmed by Tax Authorities or simply a common practice that is not completely safe-, you can trade as natural person and make profits without paying a penny, staying 183 days there taking in account with stablecoins you don`t have any risk of losing value in your portfolio as is not a taxable event.
I've been thinking about moving to Cyprus and trade crypto-to-crypto as a natural person (I'm not in a hurry to cash out fiat currency) but then I found out that an EU citizen needs the yellow slip to live more than 90 days in Cyprus: @CyprusLaw can an EU citizen without a job but who has the financial means to pay the rent, bills and health insurance get the yellow slip?
 
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CyprusLaw

Mentor Group Gold
I've been thinking about moving to Cyprus and trade crypto-to-crypto as a natural person (I'm not in a hurry to cash out fiat currency) but then I found out that an EU citizen needs the yellow slip to live more than 90 days in Cyprus: @CyprusLaw can an EU citizen without a job but who has the financial means to pay the rent, bills and health insurance get the yellow slip?
You can, you need to evidence sufficient funds to live in Cyprus and also have health insurance in Cyprus
 

Lawyer101

Mentor Group Gold
no not found a solution. having spoken to some accountants/lawyers in CY there really isn't a consensus. most are pushing the corp 12.5% tax route more as a conservative option. i think i need to put boots on the ground in CY to find the best decision. the other thing is that if CY wants to be competitive with Germany and Portugal for example they cant just say its normal income, or even 12.5% tax otherwise people like me will just not do it and just go to Portugal etc. imo they should use this as an opportunity to say max 5% cap gains or sth like this and get people to invest this money within CY. so i am hoping the regulations that are coming will be more favorable than the 12.5%. banks will also need to accept that funds from crypto aren't "black listed". this is backward thinking and again uncompetitive and counterintuitive. it only takes 1 or 2 EU countries to brake ranks and this kind of hard line will mean nothing.

anyways i am not worried i think fiat is overrated. i would be happy to stay in crypto especially if EU/CY doesn't give some solid and forward thinking regulations that i can get behind.
Hi,
The current applicable tax treatment on crypto gains in Cyprus, in the absence of a specific legislation is to look at the "batches of trade" to identify whether your income is trading income or capital gains. Below are the basic considerations
ALl the above may be considered when decieing the taxable treatment of one and each crypto transaction.
To put it simply, id you tranaactions can be identified as trading then you will be subject to corporate tax but if they are regarded as capital gains ( i.e. more of an investment nature transaction) then no capital gains apply as the legislation is affirmative to the fact that capital gains only apply at the sale of immovable property situated in Cyprus or shares of cos holding immovable property in Cyprus.
Hope this helps
 

manwithtoupe

New member
Injecting capital in the new Cyprus company in the form of debt has its benefits in that the Company’s taxable income will be reduced by the interest expense you will deduct arising from the loan.

However, repayment of the loan will have no impact on taxation and corporation tax will arise on any gains from crypto trading.

To answer your second question:
assuming the loan provided to the company will be denominated in euros and will be granted using crypto assets in their euro equivalent at the date of the agreement, then the repayment will be again in the euro equivalent at the date of repayment. Thus again there will be no tax impact on granting and repayment of the loan.

Please bear in mind that entering into a loan agreement with the company may have personal inclme tax impact as the interest from the loan shall be declared on your personal tax return.
What are the tax implications of a capital contribution in the form of crypto?

Will the crypto be considered sold, at the date of injection?
 
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