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Is ALGO a good investment in Switzerland?
Algorand is a decentralized blockchain network. The main idea behind Algorand is to combine the features of mainstream cryptocurrencies such as decentralization and creation of easily divisible tokens. Along with these features, the speed of processing more transactions and decreasing computing power needed to implement the network, were considered by the Algorand team.One of the things that distinguishes Algorand from other projects is the use of the Proof of Stake mechanism. With proof of stake, new transactions and blocks can be created and processed faster and more efficiently. According to the network's developers, this process allows Algorand's blockchain to be universal, decentralized and secure.
One of Algorand's main areas of development is DeFi, or decentralized finance, which supports smart contracts and digital assets. Algorand can host smart contracts that can govern the exchange of digital assets in order to become the digital representation of real-world asset trading.
What is Algorand ?
ALGO is the symbol by which the Algorand cryptocurrency is traded in the cryptocurrency market. It is the local currency of the Algorand blockchain and the symbol through which you can find information related to Algorand cryptocurrency on exchanges.
Is Algorand legal to buy in Switzerland
Switzerland is one of the most well-known banking and financial centers in the world. The country is progressive on the development of cryptocurrencies. In January 2018, Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider Ammann stated that he sought to make Switzerland a “crypto nation”. According to the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and the Switzerland Federal Tax Administration (SFTA), cryptocurrencies and virtual currencies are legal and classified as assets or property.
Is Algorand taxed in Switzerland
Yes. According to the established tax legislation defined by The Swiss Federal Tax Service (SFTA), cryptocurrencies are assets. This means that they are subject to Swiss wealth, income and capital gains taxes and must be declared in annual tax returns. The mentioned tax legislation treats crypto assets similar to stocks, bonds and real estate in Switzerland. According to the mentioned document above, if you are a private crypto investor, your crypto profits will be completely exempt from Capital Gains Tax. This is as long as you fulfill these five criteria:
- transaction volumes should not exceed five times the original capital
- holding period of crypto assets should be six months or more
- capital gains should be less than 50% of overall taxable income
- minimal usage of third-party financing (buy assets with your money)
- derivatives only used as a hedging tool
Note that as stated by the tax legislation document, if you violate two or more criteria, chances are that you may not be considered a private investor but a self-employed trader instead. If you are not sure that you will be considered a private investor or a self-employed trader, we recommend consulting a tax professional in Switzerland or the SFTA directly.
According to the tax legislation document, private investors don’t have to pay tax on their trading profits, but you might still need to pay Income Tax on cryptocurrency. Having your salary from a job being paid in a cryptocurrency, getting paid in crypto in exchange for services if you are a freelancer, or receiving crypto from activities such as mining will be considered income by the FTA.
After you've bought Algorand in Switzerland
By owning Algorand’s currency you would be able to: pay for transactions, purchase on-chain items such as NFTs, purchase goods and services, participate in DeFi as an investor, participate in governance, and earn rewards, secure proof-of-stake protocol among participation nodes, and even invest in order to gain profits.
Who can buy Algorand in Switzerland
All citizens of Switzerland can convert, buy, and sell cryptocurrencies with fiat. Cryptocurrencies are accepted as legal tender in certain cities. Many traditional banks in Switzerland are partnering with digital asset banks to allow their customers to purchase crypto assets. These Swiss banks accept cryptocurrency and enable individuals and businesses to convert it into fiat. A more efficient and quick way to buy crypto in Switzerland would be through crypto exchanges. Our service authorizes fast and secure transactions through different means such as Apple pay, Google pay, Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Transfer and PayPal.
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Frequently asked questions
The Algorand blockchain network has benefited from global compatibility since its launch in 2019. Due to its instant transaction finalization and high TPS rate, the project has attracted the attention of governments, investors, industries and other major stakeholders in digital currencies. You can't really deny the team's background in technology and their expertise. This project is much closer than other projects in solving the triple problems of blockchain, i.e., scalability, security and decentralization. With the launch of the Algorand 2.0 network and its three key features: Algorand Standard Assets, Algorand Atomic Transfer, and Smart Contracts, there is more potential for locking value in the network.
According to the deadline settlement document of Swiss Federal Tax Service (SFTA), the tax year in Switzerland runs from January 1 to December 31 each year. Crypto holders are taxed depending on the rates published by the FTA by the end of the fiscal year (31 December). Your crypto taxes should be reported in your annual tax return where you also report ordinary income from employment.
According to the tax legislation by SFTA, income from cryptocurrency mining and staking is declared as taxable income for tax purposes. Mining considerations can qualify either as employment income or as income from self-employment.
There is no standard minimum amount you need to buy Algorand. This cryptocurrency is currently less than a dollar. Usually, your selected platform determines the amount you need to invest. You are allowed to start buying ALGO with the minimum amount of $10 through our exchange.
There are two factors that affect the cost of cryptocurrency purchase. The price of the cryptocurrency itself and the exchange commission. Our exchange is practically one of the cheapest means to buy crypto since it does not charge any exchange fee.
You also need a cryptocurrency wallet to keep your Algorand coins safe and secure. Nowadays, there are two main categories of wallets: software wallets and hardware wallets. The majority of software wallets are web-based and keep your cryptocurrency assets on your computer or smartphone. They frequently consist of third-party non-custodial wallets or exchange-based wallets. Using our exchange’s safe wallet, you can trade your ALGO easier and quicker. You should note that hardware wallets are viewed as more secure options than software wallets. As they are gadgets that encrypt and hold your digital assets offline.