Even if they haven’t made a profit via the sale of their shares, Japanese crypto issuers are compelled to pay a predetermined corporation tax rate of 30% on their holdings under the current framework of the law.
As part of its efforts to encourage expansion in the domestic financial and technology sectors, the government of Japan is planning to relax the tax criteria that must be met by local crypto businesses.
Even if they haven’t made a profit via the sale of their assets, Japanese companies that issue cryptocurrency are compelled to pay a fixed corporation tax rate of thirty percent (30%) on the value of their holdings.
As a result of this, a number of locally established crypto and blockchain enterprises, as well as talent, are said to have decided to establish themselves in other countries over the course of the last several years.
The tax committee of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) met on December 15 and adopted a proposal that was previously introduced in August. The plan eliminates the need that crypto firms pay taxes on paper profits from tokens that they have issued and owned. It is anticipated that the more lenient crypto tax laws would be presented to parliament in January, and that they will become operational on April 1, the first day of the new fiscal year in Japan.
In an interview with Bloomberg on December 15, LDP legislator and member of its Web3 policy office Akihisa Shiozaki remarked that this is a very major step forward and said that it would become simpler for a variety of enterprises to do business that includes the issuance of tokens.
The most recent action taken by the government seems to indicate that despite the FTX debacle, it is still eager to promote and develop the domestic crypto and Web3 sector. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized in October that NFTs, blockchain, and the Metaverse will play important roles in the nation’s digital transformation.
The global banking conglomerate Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMBC) said on the 8th of December that it is collaborating on a project to investigate the applications of soulbound tokens (SBTs).
SBTs are a reference to a concept made by Vitalik Buterin, one of the co-founders of Ethereum, about the use of tokens to represent people’s digital identities.