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Is MKR a good investment in Switzerland?
Maker coin (MKR) was created in 2015 but officially released to the market in January 2017 with a price of $22.10. It didn’t have many fluctuations until August of the same year when it suddenly reached $288 and continued to grow until it ended the year with a price of $959. That was a surprisingly profitable investment for someone in only one year. The first months of 2018 were even better for Maker owners because its price mounted up to $1,369.99, which was again a record for this token. But it didn’t last long, and the MKR price dropped and ended the year at $449. 2019 and 2020 passed with almost stable prices between $500-$700. MKR again surprised the market in 2021 and reached its highest price of $4,341 in April. For the second time, Maker showed its holders that it could be a profitable investment if they have more tolerance.
The price of Maker coin was shocking all these years and always seemed to be a good investment. But it doesn’t mean it will be a %100 good investment in the future. If you want to invest in this token, MKR price predictions may be helpful, especially for beginners. But you should still read more about its news and experts' opinions the moment you decide to purchase this coin. Crypto analysts and experts expect MKR price to reach $6,000 by 2025. They believe its price could rise to $40,000 in the next ten years. Therefore, they think buying Maker tokens might be a good investment. However, predictions are just predictions, and the future might not be exactly the same as these expectations.
What is Maker ?
Maker is an open-source Ethereum-based blockchain created in August 2015. It is known as one of the most popular and oldest Ethereum-based platforms available. The Maker project is known as MakerDAO, which is an open-source project whose operation is based on the Decentralized Independent Organization (DAO) system. A DAO is considered an organization that is defined based on clear and codified rules, the control of this organization is in the hands of its members. Maker was created as a lending platform. People can use Ether as collateral in a smart contract called Collateralized Debt Position (CDP) to create DAI stable coin through MakerDAO.
Learn more on MakerDAO official website.
Is Maker 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 Maker 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 Maker in Switzerland
Maker coin (MKR) is mostly used as a governance token. MKR holders can propose upgrades to the system, leverage collateral assets, create smart contracts, or simply use their coins as payment for purchasing something online or inside games. DAI coins can be used in the same manner, but since their price is stable, it is not considered an option for investment. However, MKR can still be used as an investment because its price changes over time. People who want to keep this digital asset as an investment should check different factors, from its history to MKR price predictions; there are many things you need to consider while buying Maker coins as an investment.
Who can buy Maker 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 Maker coins have experienced many ups and downs during its history, but most of the time it was considered a good investment. Most experts and analysts also predict a bright future for this token.
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.
Almost 100 exchanges support MKR tokens. Since they may have different fees, check their information and find the right exchange. We can suggest you the Blocktrade exchange which doesn’t contain any trading fee.
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.
The MakerDAO protocol was founded by Rune Christensen. After being introduced to Bitcoin in 2011, Christensen sold his business and invested in Bitcoin, then became interested in stablecoins and eventually founded MakerDAO.