top of page
  • Writer's pictureSemoto

Mastering Crypto taxation in Germany

Pay on Crypto in Germany? 🇩🇪💰

Cryptocurrencies have gained immense popularity in Germany, with an estimated 5.8% of Germans owning cryptocurrency, and most of them using Bitcoin. Germany's advanced technological infrastructure and relatively favorable tax code make it one of the most accessible countries for crypto users. 🌐🚀

Why Germany? 🤔

Germany has become an attractive destination for crypto investors due to its low tax rates on crypto exchanges and the fact that cryptocurrency is considered private money. This means that private investors in crypto will not be taxed on any crypto held for over a year. Additionally, crypto profits won't be taxed as long as they're lower than €600. However, this perk does not apply to businesses using crypto for purchasing or paying employees. 💼🔗

Non-Legal Tender 🚫💱

In Germany, cryptocurrency is considered Privatvermögen by the German Federal Central Tax Office, making it tax-free as long as crypto earnings don't exceed €600. This 0% tax rate is set out in Section 23 of the German Income Tax Act. If an NFT is sold in Germany, the capital gain is taxed as if it was a crypto sale and based on the ordinary individual income tax rate. 🖼️📈

Paying Employees With Crypto 💼💸

Germany won't tax crypto tokens that have no market value due to not being listed on any exchange. They will start to be taxed when they become tradable. However, crypto received as payment is taxed if it is an established cryptocurrency with a genuine market value. 📊🔍

Crypto Taxes in Germany 🇩🇪🏛️

1. Capital Gains Tax: German income tax authorities are friendly to individual residents with crypto assets. You are not required to pay capital gains tax on crypto assets held for more than a year. However, businesses will have to pay capital gains tax on crypto assets held for over a year. 📅💹

2. Income Tax Liability: Section 15 of the German Income Tax Act lays out corporate cryptocurrency taxation in Germany. There is no minimum holding period after which crypto tax exemption takes place for corporate entities. 🏢🔖

Cryptocurrency is not tax-free in Germany, but it does offer some tax advantages for private investors. For tax purposes, there are tax exemption limits for gifting cryptocurrency, which is tax-free up to the maximum threshold of €20,000 for friends and €500,000 for family members. 🎁💝

In conclusion, Germany's favorable tax environment and growing interest in cryptocurrencies make it an attractive destination for crypto investors. 🌟📈 #cryptocurrency #Germany #taxes #investment

2 views0 comments


bottom of page