In a significant development for the cryptocurrency industry in Japan, token issuers have been granted an exemption from the 30% crypto tax on paper gains. This move comes as the country aims to foster innovation and promote the growth of the digital asset ecosystem.
Japan has been at the forefront of crypto regulation, striving to strike a balance between protecting investors and encouraging the development of blockchain technology. The previous tax laws imposed a 30% tax on cryptocurrency gains, including paper gains, which had been a burden for token issuers and hindered the growth of the industry.
“Japan’s National Tax Agency has partially revised its corporate tax guidelines, implementing new tax rules for token issuers”. The National Tax Agency revised the legislation on June 20 to remove the requirement for token issuers in Japan to pay corporation taxes on unrealized cryptocurrency profits.
The exemption comes as Japan is striving to become an important hub in the crypto market and after the “Japanese government approved a proposal eliminating the requirement for crypto firms to pay taxes on paper gains on tokens they issued and held”
All of the above stems from the fact that Japan was discussing a new tax regime regarding cryptos since last august as part of broader tax reform for 2023, however, the authorities gave the final approval in the last weeks.
Under the new regime, “Japanese firms issuing tokens are exempt from paying a set 30% corporate tax rate on their holdings”, which before were subject to taxation.
The exemption aims to provide a favourable environment for token issuers and encourage innovation in the blockchain sector. Indeed, “The ruling Liberal Democratic Party expects to make it easier for various companies to do business that involves issuing tokens.”
The updated tax regulations are anticipated to make it simpler for enterprises to conduct token issuance-related activities and encourage the expansion of the Bitcoin sector in Japan.
As mentioned above, Japan has been increasingly trying to be dominant in the crypto market. Therefore, along with the new exemption it also has been aggressively attempting to improve its crypto industry regulatory environment. To comply with international norms, the nation has implemented more stringent anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. With these safeguards, crypto transactions are more transparent and traceable.
Besides, “Japan implemented legislation last year that prohibited the issuance of stablecoins by non-banking institutions. This regulation ensures that stablecoin issuance is limited to licensed banks, registered money transfer agents, and trust companies, strengthening financial stability and consumer protection.”
In this sense, as part of the attempt of being a crypto hub, by relieving token issuers from the immediate tax burden on paper gains, the Japanese government seeks to attract more token issuers to the country and promote the growth of the digital asset market.
Furthermore, the exemption may encourage existing token issuers to hold their digital assets for a longer period, allowing for more stability and maturity in the market. This could help build confidence among investors and facilitate the development of secondary trading platforms for tokens.
“The tax exemption for token issuers further solidifies Japan’s position as a crypto-friendly nation, supporting the industry’s growth while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards” By providing a tax-friendly environment, the Japanese government aims to attract token issuers and position the country as a leading player in the blockchain space.
Note: To find out more information about the new regime and the official Partial Revision of Corporate Tax Basic Notification, etc. (Law Interpretation Notification) visit: https://www.nta.go.jp/law/tsutatsu/kihon/hojin/kaisei/2306xx/index.htm