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Brazil Slaps 15% Crypto Tax on Overseas Exchanges Starting in 2024

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Brazilian Senate approves 15% maximum tax on cryptocurrency earnings from foreign exchanges.
  • Brazil's new tax rules equate rates for crypto funds on international exchanges with those held domestically.
  • Thailand plans to tax foreign income from cryptocurrency trading to support its economic stimulus measures.
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The Senate of Brazil has ratified new income tax regulations, imposing a 15% tax on earnings from crypto held on foreign exchanges.

These regulations, if sanctioned by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, could go into effect as early as January 1, 2024. It signifies a pivotal shift in Brazil’s approach to crypto taxation. This aligns with global trends towards regulating digital assets.

Crypto Tax Laws in Brazil to Get a Makeover

The bill, which has passed through both the Brazilian Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, awaits President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s endorsement. This legislative change, spearheaded by his administration, reflects Brazil’s growing recognition of the economic significance of cryptocurrencies.

Brazilians earning over $1,200 (6,000 Brazilian reals) annually from foreign-based crypto exchanges will be impacted. Notably, this tax rate is consistent with that applied to domestically held funds. However, a transitional tax rate of 8% is set for earnings accessed before December 31, 2023. This will escalate to the full 15% thereafter.

Brazil crypto ownership among consumers, 2022. Source: Statista
Brazil crypto ownership among consumers, 2022. Source: Statista

This legislation extends its reach beyond individual investors, affecting “exclusive funds” (investment funds with a single shareholder) and foreign companies active in Brazil’s financial sector. With a revenue target of $4 billion (20.3 billion Brazilian reals) set for 2024, this move underscores the government’s commitment to leveraging the crypto market for economic advancement.

However, Senator Rogério Marinho expressed criticism of the new tax, attributing it to the government’s mismanagement. Despite this, the Brazilian central bank has ramped up regulation of virtual asset service providers. This echoes the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários’ oversight of crypto-based securities.

This regulatory tightening is in response to the escalating popularity of cryptocurrencies and concerns over potential tax evasion.

Read more: How to Reduce Your Crypto Tax Liability: A Comprehensive Guide

Other Nations Beefing Up Tax Rules

Comparatively, Thailand, previously lauded as crypto-friendly, has also announced plans to tax foreign income from crypto trading. This initiative forms part of the country’s broader economic stimulus strategy, including a nationwide airdrop.

The Thai Revenue Department’s new policy targets residents trading in foreign stock markets and cryptocurrency traders. It primarily mandates personal income tax on overseas earnings.

In September, a Finance Ministry source told the Bangkok Post: 

“The principle of tax is that you must pay tax on income you earn from abroad no matter how you earn it and regardless of the tax year in which the money is earned.”

As nations like Brazil and Thailand navigate the complexities of digital assets, these tax policies reflect a growing global consensus on the need for regulation in the cryptocurrency sector.

This trend acknowledges the increasing integration of cryptocurrencies into mainstream financial systems, necessitating a balanced approach that safeguards investor interests while ensuring fiscal responsibility.


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Kyle Baird
Kyle migrated from the East Coast USA to South-East Asia after graduating from Pennsylvania's East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2010. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Kyle got his start buying stocks and precious metals in his teens. This sparked his interest in learning and writing about cryptocurrencies. He started as a copywriter for Bitcoinist in 2016 before taking on an editor's role at BeInCrypto at the beginning of 2018.