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Bitcoin has been a popular name over the last decade. The growth in Bitcoin’s popularity has made it a globally acknowledged currency and a valuable asset. In July 2010, Bitcoin began trading at US$0.0008. By mid-April of 2021, Bitcoin prices reached new all-time highs of over $60,000 but by the summer of that same year prices were down by 50%. Bitcoin later reached its all-time high above $68,000 in November 2021. In 2022, Bitcoin's price continued to gradually decline but this is a natural process, as we have seen it happen before. You should keep in mind that in the world of cryptocurrencies, every high has a low and after every low, there will be a high sometime. So, it is important to get the timings right. Understanding the nature of the market and analyzing the movements of Bitcoin can be a guide for investors. That is why people’s attention and interest in Bitcoin remains high yet cautious, regardless of its price. As a result, some crypto market experts have even predicted that Bitcoin’s price could reach around $79,000 by the year 2025. In simple terms, it is hard to reach a definite answer when it comes to crypto investments. But if you have a good crypto market outlook to some extent and Bitcoin fits within your risk tolerance prospects, then it could be a satisfactory investment on the long-term perspective.
What is Bitcoin ?
Bitcoin is a digital currency or a form of digital asset, which is of high market value. It is ranked 1st in the crypto market. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that no one controls and anyone can use it in order to transfer monetary units of the network. Bitcoin has made it possible to send money to any part of the world easily and regardless of geographical borders and banking networks.
A very important function of Bitcoin is to maintain value. Because as we know, governments and central banks have the power to print money indefinitely and thereby reduce the value of their national currencies. In the Bitcoin network, although everyone can participate in the creation of new currency units, the total number of coins that can be created can be a maximum of 21 million units. The limited number of Bitcoin coins and the impossibility of creating more Bitcoins than what miners are allowed to mine are from the rules of the Bitcoin network which protect its value. This is one of the reasons that distinguishes Bitcoin as a long-term investment.
Is Bitcoin legal to buy in Greece
Yes. According to the Law 4734/2020 which is the basis of the applicable Greek institutional framework on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing, cryptocurrency is a digital representation of value that is not issued or guaranteed by a central bank or a public authority, is not necessarily attached to a legally established currency and does not possess a legal status of currency or money, but is accepted by natural or legal persons as a means of exchange and which can be transferred, stored and traded electronically.
Is Bitcoin taxed in Greece
Yes. According to the strategic plan by the Independent Public Revenues Authority (IAPR) of Greece, the taxation of income that results from cryptocurrency transactions are accounted as income from investments. Therefore, as stated in IAPR’s declaration, the income from the cryptocurrency transactions would be taxed as capital gains tax. According to Article 42 (3) of the Greek Income Tax Code (Law 4172/2013) capital gains means the difference between the purchase price paid by the taxpayer and the sale price received. For individuals, the capital gains tax would be at a rate of 15% according to Articles 42 and 43 of the above-mentioned Greek Income Tax Code.
After you've bought Bitcoin in Greece
Bitcoin is a kind of electronic money by which you can send money to any part of the world or sometimes use it to buy goods and services. Bitcoin's two main features of decentralization and freedom from printing more currency units are significant achievements over today's money. These Bitcoin features are paving the way for a new form of economic system in the future. You can consider Bitcoin as a payment token, use it to make currency transfers, and even order from online stores. But looking at the use of Bitcoin in today's world, it can be seen that most people buy Bitcoin as an investment. For this reason, another point of view has emerged according to which Bitcoin can be used as an asset in addition to being able to play the role of money; An asset that can maintain its value over time.
Who can buy Bitcoin in Greece
In Greece, anyone can buy cryptocurrency with the help of licensed cryptocurrency exchanges. There are some easy, secure, and private ways to pay for your crypto purchase in Greece such as: Apple pay, Google pay, Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Transfer, and PayPal. It is important that the exchange service also provides these payment methods as means of transaction when buying crypto assets in Greece. We are glad to declare that our exchange offers fast and safe access to these payment methods without charging any exchange fees for the high-standard transaction services in Greece.
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Frequently asked questions
If we consider Bitcoin to have intrinsic value due to some of its features such as limitedness and unforgeability and use it as a tool that preserves value over time, perhaps it is an asset worth buying. Bitcoin can be presented as a type of investment that preserves the value of your savings in the long term. However, we recommend that before purchasing Bitcoin, study the ins and outs of the Bitcoin market and consult with professionals.
Yes. According to the Greek Income Tax Code (Law 4172/2013), the tax for natural persons would be at a rate of 15% pursuant to Articles 42 and 43 of the Greek Income Tax Code and the tax for legal persons would be applicable as corporate income tax rate according to Articles 47 and 58 of the Greek Income Tax Code.
Yes. One of the easiest ways to buy crypto assets in Greece is through cryptocurrency exchanges. There are also ATM machines in Greece through which you can purchase cryptocurrency using cash. But know that most of them require a telephone number for verification.
You can purchase a small amount of Bitcoin, unlike stocks. The least amount of Bitcoin that you can likely purchase is equivalent to 1 Satoshi, or 0.00000001 Bitcoins, depending on its price of the day.
It is estimated that 8.6% of the citizens in Greece have some form of cryptocurrency in their possession.
Due to theft, computer malfunction, loss of access keys, and other reasons, users may lose Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency tokens. Although hot wallets are still practical for some users, cold storage (also known as offline wallets) is one of the safest ways to store Bitcoin because it cannot be accessed online. Consider using a hardware wallet for all of your long-term Bitcoin and cryptocurrency storage if you're looking for the safest storage option. For short-term investments, you can also keep your Bitcoins on our exchange wallet in order to trade more easily.If you want to hold Bitcoin long-term, although you can still keep your cryptocurrency in this wallet, it is better to not keep it in the exchange wallet nor the software one. The safest option would be a hardware wallet.