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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 Latvia
Yes. According to the explanation of the virtual assets document by the Latvian Financial and
Capital Market Commission, a virtual asset or cryptocurrency is a digital representation of value
not issued or guaranteed by a central bank or any other public authority, that may be digitally
transmitted, stored, or traded, and that may function as a medium of exchange for payment of
goods or services with persons who mutually agree to accept the virtual currency.
Is Bitcoin taxed in Latvia
Yes. According to the Latvian Income Tax Act, there are two types of income that come from
selling cryptocurrencies: 1. Capital gains and 2. Income from economic activity.
According to the above-mentioned Income Tax law, capital gain from selling crypto assets is the
difference between the purchase cost and the disposal cost of the crypto assets. If it is not
possible to determine the purchase price of virtual currency, the purchase price is considered to
be 0. As stated in Latvian Income Tax Act, income from economic activity is triggered when the
virtual currency is sold as part of an economic activity or it is generated or received as payment
for goods, services or an occupation. In this case, economic activity must be registered and
personal income tax must be paid in total. Both capital gains and income from economic activity
are subject to a personal income tax rate of 20%.
After you've bought Bitcoin in Latvia
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 Latvia
Anyone can buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrency by the use of cryptocurrency exchanges in
Latvia. This is specifically because it is easy and quick to start an account and buy your desired
crypto assets through an exchange service. Popular and secure payment services such as
Apple pay, Google pay, Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Transfer and PayPal are also accessible
in Latvia if your exchange supports payments by these methods. Our exchange offers fast, legal
and safe cryptocurrency transactions through the stated payment services. Our exchange is
also one of the cheapest ways to buy cryptocurrency as we charge no fees for cryptocurrency
transactions in Latvia.
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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. Note that according to Latvian Income Tax Act, selling your cryptocurrency can be subject
to Capital Gains Tax with a 20% rate, so it is advised to keep records of your cryptocurrency
purchase and sell transactions.
Yes. According to Latvian Income Tax Act, you need to submit a tax declaration if your total
income from transactions with capital assets exceeds EUR 1000 in a quarter, as in the year
2022. (Latvia follows a quarterly tax method which means that the year is divided into four
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 over 62 thousand people, 3.3% of the total Latvian population, currently own
at least one form of cryptocurrency.
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.