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Ukraine could legalize Bitcoin payments after proposed crypto bill

Ukrainian government drafted a roadmap for the integration of crypto into the countryโ€™s economy.

Ukraine could legalize Bitcoin payments after proposed crypto bill

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After the crypto draft bill is adopted, Ukrainians will be able to legally hold, exchange, and spend cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), a government official revealed.

Besides allowing payments in cryptocurrencies, the Ukrainian Digital Transformation Ministry proposes lower crypto taxes as the new legislation seeks to pave the way for the industry to enter the country.ย 

Creating a market for crypto servicesย 

The new crypto draft law will make cryptocurrencies โ€œa completely legal and common phenomenon for the government and the society,โ€ Ukraineโ€™s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation Oleksandr Bornyakov told the financial publication Minfin.

According to Bornyakov, who perceives crypto as the future for both his country and the world, the Ukrainian government doesnโ€™t want to โ€œhinder the development of this new industry by over-regulation.โ€

Bornyakov expects the development of an entirely new market for crypto services, with the new legislation allowing Ukrainians to legally exchange and declare their crypto holdings.

According to the draft, cryptocurrencies won’t be recognized as means of payment, however the legislation will allow crypto payments through intermediary services that provide instant crypto-to-fiat conversions, said the official.ย 

The draft law, which will expand the possibilities of crypto use, is being prepared for adoption in the second reading, after it was voted through in the Ukrainian parliament in December.ย ย 

In order for crypto to enter the country

To protect Ukrainian crypto users, service providers will be required to receive a work permit in Ukraine, according to the draft law designed in a way that will enable foreign businesses to smoothly enter the country.

For this purpose, the legislation provides for the establishment of a new regulatory body โ€“ the National Service for Regulation of Virtual Assets.ย 

โ€œThis is a simpler procedure than licensing,โ€ Bornyakov told Minfin, adding that the conditions for obtaining a permit wonโ€™t be difficult.ย 

โ€œThe main thing is to prove that there is the necessary amount of capital, and there are no people from the sanctions lists among the founders,โ€ he said, explaining that companies wonโ€™t be required to register a legal entity in Ukraine.

โ€œWe understand that the business with virtual assets is global, so if we set the conditions for registration in Ukraine, cryptocurrencies simply will not enter our country,โ€ he concluded, adding that the list of conditions for obtaining a permit, including for non-residents, are clearly defined in the text of the bill.

According to Bornyakov, the draft bill doesnโ€™t address the issue of crypto mining in any way, since the Ministry considers it to be โ€œa completely legal activity,โ€ which does not require additional regulation.ย 

โ€œWork is still underway on the text of the bill on amendments to the Tax Code,โ€ said Bornyakov, revealing a new proposal to lower the rate for individuals to 5% from the current 19.5%.