Bitcoin and crypto trading in Brazil
Number of crypto owners – 10.4m
Percentage of the population owning Crypto – 4.88%
Residents crypto interest country rank – 27
Number of bitcoin nodes based in the country – 39
Spend Bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading in Brazil
The crypto economy in Brazil has been booming, led, as in so many South American countries, by the people. Just like Mexico, El Salvador and others, crypto points the way to an instant, and relatively inexpensive means of conducting money transfers and payments without having a bank account. The Brazilian government is keen to harness the wave of enthusiasm for crypto, however, in the country’s cryptocurrency bill it stopped short of declaring bitcoin as legal tender as happened in El Salvador’s example. This was something of an anti-climax to many. Brazil is concentrating its efforts in more cohesive regulatory scrutiny regarding companies in the cryptoeconomy, along with increasing investor protection. Unlike Russia and China, there is no ban on using bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as payments for products and services but the country is trying to deploy stricter regulation for companies that are looking to facilitate crypto trading.
Law and crypto trading in Brazil
Brazil’s government is more than happy to accommodate developments in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Brazil is soon to vote on a major crypto regulation bill which will permit – and regulate – crypto trading, making it safer, more secure and more transparent. The move to regulate virtual currencies was approved prior to the bill being presented for voting. Should it be accepted by the Chamber of Deputies, Brazil will be the second country after El Salvador to make bitcoin a form of legal tender.
Paying tax on my crypto trading in Brazil
Brazilians pay tax just like anybody else, and with the whole economy possibly about to include bitcoin as legal tender, paying tax on trading, lending and investing gains will be part of Brazil’s mainstream taxation strategy. As with many countries, getting to grips with the explosion of interest in crypto, Brazilian tax law has, up until now, no specific strategy for the taxation of cryptocurrency – or the wherewithal to collect it. What’s changed is that all crypto activities must now be reported in detail to the authorities by Brazilian exchanges and by the individuals themselves. The Brazilian authorities are determined to get on top of this burgeoning source of taxable revenue.
Tax relief, changing residency and gifting crypto coins in Brazil
As we mentioned above, the taxing of crypto gains has not been clearly defined, but things are changing rapidly with clear reporting required of exchanges and individuals of crypto gains. Crypto gains are taxed on sales that exceed R$35,000 per month with capital gains tax linked to the overall level of profit. If the total capital gain is under R$ 5 million the tax will be 15% and the highest tax of 22.50% for gains over R$30 million. Taxation will apply to any crypto gains prior to gifting.
Brazil crypto mining regulations
Thinking of mining crypto? It’s a highly technical and expensive activity at the best of times involving powerful computers – and lots of energy. Mining for bitcoin is legal and following a new bill and legislation it is likely that gains from mining will fall under taxable income.
Planning your retirement and investing in cryptocurrency in Brazil
In reality, despite greater security, regulation and transparency, the risks of high price volatility remain and traditional long-term investment organisations may steer clear. It is likely that any investment plan would probably carry higher fees due to the higher risks involved.
Brazil’s financial services’ outlook on bitcoin and crypto economy
A huge cryptocurrency Bill has been passed in Brazil which stopped short of declaring bitcoin as legal tender. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not banned and are already widely accepted by Brazilians, but being unregulated comes with risks. Transactions of crypto are regulated by government departments such as the Central Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM). A leading Brazilian investment bank, BTG Pactual has become the first large financial institution in Brazil to enable customers to make direct investments in Bitcoin. It is the first large financial institution in Brazil to offer direct Bitcoin exposure and looks set to open the floodgates.
Brazil and DeFi, the latest developments
Brazil looked to be following the lead of El Salvador by making bitcoin legal tender but pulled out of this decision at the eleventh hour. Despite the upbeat prognosis on crypto and DeFi (decentralized finance), the Central Bank of Brazil is more focused on developing its own CBDC, the digital Real. Decentralised finance, as in most countries, looks to be something far down the road. Many institutions popularly view DeFi as a virtual system sitting somewhat outside the mainstream of banks and exchanges and potentially a threat to the stability of the financial industry. In Brazil, as with many countries, whilst blockchain and its advantages can be assessed, full-on DeFi is a step into the unknown.
Crypto security, transparency and compliance in Brazil
Much is changing in Brazil and the regular reporting on crypto gains for tax purposes is one of them. Crypto-related businesses are keen for proactive regulation of the crypto space as it could incentivize the traditionally conservative banking system to work more actively with them. Brazil’s much anticipated new Bill covers those organisations offering virtual asset services on behalf of a third party such as exchanging to and from fiat currency, exchanging and transferring between virtual assets. These service providers will need to register and gain a permit. Remember, it was only in 2018 that major local banks suddenly shut down accounts connected to crypto platforms in the country. However, things are moving ahead rapidly. On a personal level checking the security of any exchange you wish to trade with is highly recommended. Some carry levels of insurance against loss and some have better services and security records – in all cases you’ll need to disclose identification and some personal details.