The Argentinian Senate saw the introduction of a new law project that is aimed at starting a fund, which could be used for payment of portion of the debt that the country owes to the IMF (International Monetary Fund. It appears that the country’s ruling party is pushing the project, which would mean that the country’s citizens would be taxed on assets that they hold outside the country, including cryptocurrencies. Argentina has a debt of more than $44 billion that needs to be repaid to the IMF. The ‘National Fund for The Cancellation of The Debt With The IMF’ is the name of the law and it would develop a system, which would tax a number of key elements that citizens of Argentina have in other countries.
If implemented, it would mean that that different kinds of properties outside of Argentina would be taxed, which would include any amount of stocks, properties, fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies and credits. The taxes that would be applicable in this case would have to be paid directly to the Argentinian tax authority (AFIP) and the payment would be done in the form of US dollars. A certain percentage would have to be paid by Argentinian citizens on the value of these funds, which would depend on the time period and the way the cryptocurrencies and properties are declared to the tax authority.
The law proposal has an article number nine, which states that the contribution mentioned in Article 6 that taxpayers would have to pay would be a result of the application of tax of 20% on all objects that qualify under the law. This rate would be applicable to all the taxpayers who would declare their assets voluntarily within the six months after the law gets approved. However, once the six months are over, the tax rate would be increased to a whopping 35% of the value of the crypto, stocks and goods that are held outside the country.
As a matter of fact, there are also instances where the rate could go as high as 50%. If people do not comply with the duties that are mentioned in the law, then they would be subjected to penalties, which include fines and prison time. In order to obtain the sufficient data needed to implement the law, the project also defines the figure of a collaborator, who will be responsible for pointing out the possible offenders of the law with evidence.
Collaborators would be able to receive a portion of the funds that would be collected by the tax authority. Depending on how important the case under examination is, this portion of funds can go as high as 30%. The use of cryptocurrencies in Argentina is rising significantly and this has drawn the attention of the government towards these digital assets. It had already been suggested that authorities start taxing crypto transactions in the country in order to generate revenue that could be used for paying back the debt of Argentina worth a staggering $44 billion to the IMF.