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How to buy USD Coin in Belgium
Is USDC a good investment in Belgium?
The USD coin was released in September 2018 as a bridge between dollars and trading on cryptocurrency exchanges. It means USD Coin is equal to USD but in the cryptocurrency world. Therefore, its price is always equal to $1. However, there were sometimes during its history when the price changed a bit, but that wasn’t that much to consider. Anyhow, the USDC price has never been more than $1, and less than $0.99. That shows how stable this coin has been through all these years.
Since the USDC price never changes, you might wonder if it is a good investment. To answer this question, we need to explain how stablecoins are used and invested. They are not considered an investment to get profit, but investors usually buy stablecoins to avoid the volatility of the cryptocurrency market. If the market seems so volatile, traders and investors swap their coins with USDC and keep it stable until they pass the bad days of this market. That’s how they can keep their assets safe from losing their value.
What is USD Coin ?
Circle is a financial technology company that created USD Coin with the collaboration of Coinbase. Their main goal was to help people gain more money on the internet and be able to exchange their coins more easily. The USD coin is considered a dollar in people’s digital wallets.
Is USD Coin legal to buy in Belgium
Yes. According to the press release by Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) and the National Bank of Belgium (NBB), and the definition of virtual money offered by FSMA, cryptocurrencies are popular digital investments that can be traded and sometimes can be used as means of payments but since they are not recognized as legal tender, they are not widely accepted like money. According to the mentioned press release, FMA and NBB state that crypto currencies can be bought and sold like assets and stock.
Is USD Coin taxed in Belgium
Yes. According to the Belgian Tax Code cryptocurrency gains are either subject to professional income tax (in accordance to Article 23 of Income Tax Code) or miscellaneous income (Article 90, 1° of Income Tax Code).
According to the Article 23 of above-mentioned Income Tax Code, if a person's professional occupation is trading cryptocurrencies, the profits generated from this occupation will be taxed as professional income, and will therefore be subject to the progressive tax rates that range between 25 and 50 percent in Belgium.
According to the Article 90, 1° of above-mentioned Income Tax Code, if a Belgian individual earns gains on cryptocurrency transactions not as a professional activity, they will benefit from a tax exemption on those gains, but only on condition that the transaction is realized within the boundaries of the normal management of their private wealth. According to the same Article 90, 1° of Income Tax Code, if an individual makes transactions in a very short timeframe by repeatedly selling at a high point and buying at a low point, they will be accounted as a trader. The trader is not engaged professionally, but these types of transactions will fall outside the normal management of private assets and are accounted as speculative capital gains and will be taxed at a flat rate of 33%.
After you've bought USD Coin in Belgium
USD Coins can be used to pay for goods or services. It is also tradable on most exchanges. Thus, you can trade your USDC to any other cryptocurrency whenever you want. USDC owners can always exchange it with the dollar and receive cash equal to the number of coins they have. For example, if you have 100 USD coins in your wallet, you can turn them into $100 cash. Furthermore, USDC offers investors safety during times of instability or downturn in the crypto market. Therefore, it is the best option for investors to keep their digital assets stable for a while. Since the price of USDC is always stable, they won’t lose much money. However, you should still read more about it to know if it is the best time to trade your current assets with USDC or buy this coin.
Who can buy USD Coin in Belgium
Anyone. Owning cryptocurrency is possible in Belgium by the assistance of different cryptocurrency exchanges. You can use several payment services accessible in Belgium in order to buy, trade, sell and manage your crypto assets. Such services include Apple pay, Google pay, Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Transfer and PayPal. But note that for you to be able to use these services, your chosen exchange must offer payment through these services. Our exchange provides fast and secure transactions by the mentioned services and is free of charge for crypto transactions in Belgium.
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Frequently asked questions
Most exchanges support USDC as a trusted and available coin. Find a suitable exchange to trade or buy this coin. However, some exchanges may ask you to pay additional money as the processing fee. But if you buy USDC in the BlockTrade exchange, you don’t have to pay that fee. That’s why Blocktrade is considered one of the cheapest and the most secure exchanges to buy crypto.
No. According to the European Court of Justice, in case C-264/14, virtual money is considered currency, which means, according to article 44, §3, 9° of the VAT Code, the purchase or sale of a cryptocurrency is VAT exempt.
In Belgium, the Federal Public Service of Finance offers conciliation service, through which they will examine your assets in accordance with federal tax authorities’ perspective. This helps to avoid a long and costly procedure, with an uncertain outcome, since this is a free and official service.
USD Coin will be available as long as the cryptocurrency world is still alive. Furthermore, since its price is stable and equal to the dollar, it would still be in use in the future.
It is estimated that 1.98% of Belgium's population, which is about 230,693 people, own some form of crypto assets in their possession
The truth is that USD Coin is not as profitable as other cryptocurrencies. The main advantage it has is the stable price. Therefore, you can use this coin to stabilize your digital assets for a while or be able to exchange coins more efficiently.