The crypto enthusiasts are eager to see how the crypto space regulations turn out to be on a global scale. Starting from the introduction of CBDCs by various countries to El Salvador claiming Bitcoin as legal tender, to India putting 1% TDS and 30% tax on crypto gains; the regulations for crypto has been on a whirlwind!
The US crypto miners can eventually be subjected to a 30% tax on electricity usages due to crypto mining; as per the budget that has been proposed by President Joe Biden which is aiming to “reduce mining activity.” This tax will be phased in with 10% levied per year over a period of three years. This will also be covering the electricity that has been generated from both on and off-grid sources.
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The supplementary budget explainer paper which was released on March 9, 2023, by the Department of the Treasury mentioned that any firm which is using resources, be it being owned or rented, is set to be subjected to an excise tax that will be equal to 30% of the costs of electricity that is used for digital asset mining.
One of the few surprises in the Biden budget. A proposed excise tax on electricity usage from crypto mining. Phasing in at 10% in year one and climbing to 30%. pic.twitter.com/UPgUdr8CeG
— John Buhl (@jbuhl35) March 9, 2023
The paper from the Department of the Treasury also stated that the tax would be implemented after December 31, phased in over three years at a rate of 10% a year and will be reaching the maximum of 30% tax rate by the third year. Any crypto miners who have gathered their electricity needs off-grid will still be eligible to the tax and they will be required to set an estimate to the electricity costs that is generated by any “electricity generating plant.”
While commenting on the reason for the Treasury to put up the tax, they said, “An excise tax on electricity usage by digital asset miners could reduce mining activity along with its associated environmental impacts and other harms.”
In the statement published from the White House on March 9, 2023, it also stated that the government is looking towards ways to end a tax strategy for crypto transactions which it estimates will be raising $24 billion. The rules that are in place now allows the crypto investors to sell their digital assets at a loss for tax purposes, often referred to as as tax-loss harvesting; and then immediately buy back those crypto assets. The news rules is being said to be bring the crypto trading tax rules in line with the stocks.
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Ordinal inscriptions hit a new daily peak on March 8, 2023; which was close to 31,700; after someone figured out how to mint a form of “fungible tokens” on Bitcoin. So what are Ordinals? Ordinal Inscriptions are digital assets that are inscribed on a satoshi which is the lowest denomination of a Bitcoin; similar to NFTs.
The inital step needed in order to create an Ordinals is downloading Bitcoin Core and syncing the node to the Bitcoin blockchain. Once the sync is completed, the following step needs creating of an Ordinals wallet and sending some satoshis to the wallet.
An experiment into “brc-20’s” and fungibility on bitcoin with ordinals 1/x pic.twitter.com/9khKLbEPk6
— domo (@domodata) March 9, 2023
Source: Cointelegraph, Decrypt