Japan Blockchain Association Urges Tax Cuts for Crypto

The proposal aims to ease the fiscal burden on crypto holders and promote growth in the country.

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  • The Japan Blockchain Association (JBA) has requested a revision of the national tax system.
  • Three crucial tax reforms aim to ease the fiscal burden on crypto holders and promote the growth of the digital economy.
  • The Japanese government’s commitment to fostering the Web3 industry and the JBA’s call for tax reforms aim to promote crypto adoption and nurture a thriving digital economy.

Japan, as a nation with a reputation for being technologically advanced, has been at the forefront of embracing cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. It holds the distinction of being one of the first countries to legalize cryptocurrency as a private asset, paving the way for its evolving crypto regulatory landscape that continuously adapts to the dynamic nature of the industry.

In Japan, Crypto Assets profits are classified as “miscellaneous income” with a progressive tax rate ranging from 5% to 45% based on the profits. With its evolving crypto regulatory landscape, a significant law revision made in December 2022 by the government eliminated taxes on unrealized gains for token issuers, fostering a more crypto-friendly environment within the country.

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Advocates of Japan’s crypto industry, such as the non-governmental lobbying group Japan Blockchain Association (JBA), are pushing for further tax reforms to ease the fiscal burden on crypto holders and promote the growth of the digital economy in the country.

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What Are the Aims of Content of the JBA’s Requests?

On July 28, the JBA published a request on its website, which disclosed an official request to the government. The request outlines three crucial reforms to alleviate taxation challenges Web3 businesses and citizens actively using cryptocurrencies in Japan face.

The Proposed Tax Reforms were outlined as:

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  1. Elimination of Year-End Unrealized Gains Tax – The JBA seeks to abolish the year-end unrealized gains tax on corporations holding crypto assets. This tax relief would remove the burden on businesses holding digital assets whose transactions have not been finalized, encouraging innovation and investment in crypto.
  2. Changes to Taxation Method for Personal Crypto Trading Profits – The JBA suggests shifting from current comprehensive taxation to self-assessment separate taxation, with a uniform % tax rate of 20% for personal crypto trading profits. It also proposes a three-year deduction period for losses.
  3. Elimination of Income Tax on Crypto Asset Exchanges – To facilitate seamless transactions in the Web3 era, the JBA proposes removing income tax on profits generated from individual crypto asset exchanges.

The Japan Blockchain Association is not alone in examining the state of the crypto regulation in the country and may be encouraged by comments made by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The Impact of Government Commitment on Industry Growth:

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida recently reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to fostering the Web3 industry, recognizing its transformative potential for the internet and driving social change. At Asia’s largest Web3 conference, WebX 2023, Kishida described Web3 as “a new form of capitalism.” 

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao’s announcement of the cryptocurrency exchange’s upcoming launch on a new Japanese platform in August underscores Japan’s status as a crypto-friendly hub.

On the Flipside

  • Despite tax leniency, Japan’s crypto regulations remain strict, potentially limiting market access and hindering innovation.
  • Strict regulations may deter some consumers from fully participating in the crypto market, potentially impacting overall adoption and participation.
  • Eliminating certain taxes, such as the year-end unrealized gains tax, could increase speculative behavior in the crypto market.

Why This Matters

The JBA’s call for tax reforms is a pivotal step in promoting crypto adoption and nurturing a thriving digital economy in Japan, aimed at attracting innovation and investment in the blockchain industry. With a focus on fostering a favorable regulatory environment, Japan is determined to strengthen its position in competitive Asian and global crypto markets.

Find out more about the latest crypto developments in Japan:

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Chloé He

Chloé He is a UK-based freelance journalist with a unique background in reporting French and Chinese crypto and finance news. Holding a Bachelor's degree in International Business and French Law from Sorbonne University, France, as well as a Master's degree in International Journalism from the University of Stirling, United Kingdom, she possesses strong academic credentials.