Brazil Adopts Cryptocurrency as a Means of Payment

Ricardo Barro with spinning giant bitcoin on head pointing
  • Brazilian legislators approve cryptocurrencies as a mode of payment for goods and services.
  • However, the new law doesn’t grant legal tender status to virtual assets. 
  • The Brazilian government needs to decide what body will regulate cryptocurrency usage if the bill goes through to the president.
  • The bill defines cryptocurrency exchange operations and provides tax packages to cryptocurrency mining firms and individuals.
  • Prior to the bill, Brazil was a prominent cryptocurrency market because of its large-scale cryptocurrency firms.

Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has approved a regulatory enactment that legally recognizes cryptocurrency as a means of payment in the country.

With the law, cryptocurrency will be recognized in the South American country as a means of payment for goods and services. However, this doesn’t give virtual assets legal tender status. Currently, the law awaits the assent of the President of Brazil, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, to become law. 

Further, if the bill comes into effect, the executive arm of the Brazilian government will be left to determine the body that will regulate the usage of cryptocurrency for payment. Before now, the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil, was in charge of regulating virtual assets categorized as securities.

Notable Contents of the Bill

The bill defines the mode of operation for cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, including custodial services and the sale of cryptocurrency by registered third parties. Another notable aspect of the law is the provision of tax packages to cryptocurrency mining firms and individuals.

This development might make Brazil attractive to investors and the general cryptocurrency market. The regulation can be regarded as modern due to its structure of keeping up with the prevailing trend in the industry. 

The law mandates that cryptocurrency service providers must not mix their funds with that of their users. Notably, the measure aims to prevent investors in Brazil from losing their funds in a situation similar to FTX.

However, the bill didn’t address the issuance of a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Pushing Brazil into the Limelight in the Cryptocurrency Sector

Before the bill, Brazil was prominent in cryptocurrency due to the large scale of the traditional financial institutions that provide cryptocurrency services for their customers. At the moment, Brazil is the country with the most cryptocurrency ETFs in Latin America.

Lastly, the latest Brazil cryptocurrency regulation and adoption as a means of payment differs from El Salvador’s approach to the sector. El Salvador recognizes only BTC as a legal tender, but Brazil’s approach extends to other tokens, though not as legal tender. Likewise, the Brazilian government hasn’t shown any interest in acquiring BTC or other cryptocurrencies.

On the Flipside

  • The new legislation rejects a clause calling for reducing state and federal taxes on bitcoin mining.
  • As per the bill, the federal government must explicitly approve cryptocurrency service providers before they can operate in the country.

Why You Should Care

Recently, Brazil’s cryptocurrency economy has often seen more citizens trading cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, than investing in stocks. Through the recent bill, the country hopes to set the stage for more day-to-day financial transactions to take place.

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Author
Soumen Datta

Soumen has been a dedicated researcher and writer in the field of cryptocurrencies for the last few years. Even though Indian crypto regulations are still unclear, he believes that India will continue to innovate in the years to come. He loves to play his guitar and sing along in his spare time. He holds bags mostly in BTC, ETH, BNB, MATIC, ADA.