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In its simplest definition, Ethereum is an open infrastructure based on blockchain technology on which decentralized computer programs can be run. The decentralization of Ethereum means that this system does not belong to anyone alone and it is not controlled by one or more specific people. Everyone can own this network and everyone can play a role in controlling it. Thanks to Ethereum's distributed and decentralized structure, once a program is implemented on the Ethereum network, it cannot be stopped or manipulated, even if the creator wants to.
Among the members of the digital currency community, the digital currency of the Ethereum network is also called Ethereum or Ether. Ether, like Bitcoin, is a digital currency that can easily transfer value. However, Ether's purpose is slightly different from Bitcoin's. This digital currency was created to pay for fees and as an incentive for contributors to continue working with Ethereum. Who would be willing to work as a miner or contributor to the network if Ether was not the key asset? This is why Ether is also called "the fuel of the Ethereum network". If Bitcoin is "digital gold", Ether is "digital oil".
What is Ethereum ?
The digital currency of the Ethereum network is called "Ether" and its abbreviated unit is ETH. This asset is considered the currency of the network as well as a way to pay fees and charges.
Learn more on Ethereum official website.
Is Ethereum 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 Ethereum 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 Ethereum in Latvia
Ethereum is a popular blockchain that has been used in various projects. Due to the success of Ethereum, many developers and projects use this chain to build their own products. Smart contracts on Ethereum have been able to bring blockchain technology applications to other levels. Smart contracts allow users to determine their desired conditions and rules.
In smart contracts, it is possible to include detailed conditions for each contract. This feature has made it possible for Ethereum to host various blockchain-based financial services. Some examples of Ethereum services you can benefit from include: Loaning, Decentralized Insurance, Decentralized Exchanges, Stablecoins, Profit Cultivation, Investing, Computer Games (Betting), and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT).
Who can buy Ethereum 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
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Frequently asked questions
Ether is a functional currency. As the amount and use and acceptance of Ether increases, the price will also increase. Ethereum can be used to make processes smarter and get the most out of it. The price of Ethereum will increase if Ethereum is accepted by more institutions and its popularity and use increase. In 2016, the value of each ether was less than one dollar, but for example, in 2020, which was the year when digital currencies flourished, the price of Ethereum increased by 200 times. In conclusion, Ethereum has a special place among digital currencies and a bright future is predicted for it. With updates coming in the near future, Ethereum will become faster and a more viable investment option. Investing in Ethereum may seem risky, but if all goes well, the returns on this investment might be impressive.
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
Officially, ETH has a minimum fractional number called a Wei. Each Wei equals 0.000000000000000001 ETH (10-18). But the minimum amount you are allowed to purchase is dependent upon your exchange’s minimum limit. Our exchange allows a minimum of $10.
It is estimated that over 62 thousand people, 3.3% of the total Latvian population, currently own
at least one form of cryptocurrency.
To store Ether and Ethereum-based tokens, you need software or hardware called a “wallet”. A wallet can be considered like a bank account that is used to store, receive and send money.
Ethereum software wallets are free and you can easily install them on mobile phones (Android and iOS) or PCs (Windows, Linux, and Mac). Some wallets are also web-based and can be accessed with internet browsers (such as Chrome). In contrast, hardware wallets, which are more secure, are physically available and must be purchased from reputable stores. It is necessary to take a backup copy of your wallet so that you can recover your funds if the wallet is deleted, the password is forgotten, or the device on which the wallet is installed is damaged.