The Venezuelan government introduces a new decree that sets regulations for crypto remittances within the country, as reported the country’s official media outlet, Gaceta Oficial.
According to the published documents on Feb. 7, from now, the National Superintendency of Crypto Assets and Related Activities (SUNACRIP) will be the in charge of taxation related to the sending and receiving of cryptocurrencies. Reportedly, the new decree is applicable for both to individuals and legal entities.
#Entérate || PUBLICADA en Gaceta Oficial Nro 41581, Providencia mediante la cual se establecen los requisitos y trámites para el envío y recepción de remesas en Criptoactivos a personas naturales en el territorio de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.#PetroMilagroEconómico pic.twitter.com/aaAqfiHAlW
— Superintendencia Nacional de Criptoactivos (@SunacripVe) February 9, 2019
The new requirements entails the state setting out monthly limits and commissions over the cryptocurrency remittances, that will be payable to SUNACRIP. The maximum fee for a transfer has been set at 15 percent and the minimum fee for a transaction in crypto is equivalent to 0.25 euros, or approximately $0.28.
The decree sets a monthly limit for crypto remittances in national state-backed digital currency Petro, at 10 Petro per month. As per the price information on CryptoCompare, the sum in Petro comes up to be approximately $600. If the monthly amount exceeds $600, an approval from SUNACRIP will be required for any further transactions.
The regulator also notes that the overall limit must not surpass 50 Petro, or about $3,000. While the document does not elaborate on the government’s method to control services used to transact in decentralized cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC), except that it will use a “technological platform” to proceed with taxation.
Earlier this month, the weekly trading volumes of Bitcoin in Venezuela achieved a new all-time high as the massive hyperinflation and the presidential crisis continues in the country. On p2p platform LocalBitcoins alone, the volumes rose to almost $7 million per week in early February.
Just recently, Venezuela also introduced a new legal framework for cryptocurrencies and related technologies. The decree establishes obligatory licenses for mining entities and crypto exchanges and introduces fines for unlicensed activities.