China Seeks to Tax Bitcoin Exchanges Despite Recent Crypto Ban

China Seeks to Tax Bitcoin Exchanges Despite Recent Crypto Ban

Chinese journalist and blogger Colin Wu, who covers everything to do with the blockchain and crypto industry, has tweeted that a Chinese official tax newspaper, China Tax News, urges the government to impose taxation on virtual assets.

However, Wu adds that since all crypto transactions have been announced illegal at the end of September, taxing cryptocurrencies would give them an indirect legalization.

China’s tax official newspaper called for a tax on crypto and said that the exchange’s taxation scale was very large. But since the PBOC defines all of crypto activities as illegal activities, taxation seems to indirectly recognize their legalization.— Wu Blockchain (@WuBlockchain) October 20, 2021

Chinese cryptocurrency ban of 2017

The author of the article comes from the Loudi Taxation Bureau of the State Tax Administration. He or she says, that the crypto market continues to bloom and its total market capitalization has hit a mind-blowing $2.6 trillion (with Bitcoin’s market cap of $1.2 trillion), the risk of losing a chance of taxing cryptocurrencies is worth a thorough discussion.

After September 2017, when initial coin offerings were banned in China, in late September this year, the country’s government has again made a crackdown on virtual assets. This time, the government and the central bank (PBOC) announced any crypto transactions and online services of crypto trading illegal.

Taxing crypto exchanges is still possible

After the prohibiting document was issued, many local crypto exchanges chose to relocate to other countries, like Huobi, and some quit business.

Large crypto trading platforms, such as Binance, have stopped servicing customers from mainland China, since the provision of crypto trading services in China by overseas platforms has also become illegal.

However, the author of the article says that even though, it has become illegal, according to the law, it is not literary so. Thus, they say, overseas exchanges may continue operating in China but they will be taxed in this case. But a legal framework for this must be created first.

“Bitcoin will not disappear in short period of time”

The author adds that it is obvious that virtual assets (Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptos) will not disappear in the short period of time.

According to the current Chinese laws, individuals in China are allowed to hold cryptocurrencies. These transactions so far can be defined as an “invalid civil act” but they are not banned outright by law.