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Is XLM a good investment in Switzerland?
Like other cryptocurrencies, it’s hard to know if investing in XLM is profitable because it’s not predictable. However, some facts and data can help you analyze the performance of a token on the market. First, we can take a look at the history of XLM and its price in the past. XLM released in 2014 with the price of 0.002 USD. After a year, it reached 0.005 USD, which is almost twice its initial price. It means that if you had invested 1000 USD on buying Stellar or XLM, you could have 2500 USD after a year. Therefore, it would have been a profitable investment for one year. Additionally, the experts in this field believe that the coin might reach 10$ by 2030. This means it might be a valuable long-term investment.
Meanwhile, you should also know that like other cryptocurrencies, investing in XLM is risky too because any incident or news about this company or even other coins may affect the price of XLM. However, since Stellar is a practical network with fast and low-wage transactions, it is predictable that more and more people will start using this platform and its coin. The more this network grows, the more valuable it will get. Therefore, it’s more likely for it to be a successful investment than a failure. Furthermore, you don’t need to mine XLM like other coins; there are an exact number of this token out there that you can buy or sell.
What is Stellar ?
To learn more about XLM, we should take a deeper look at the Stellar network. Stellar is an open-source and decentralized network for digital currency that was created in 2014. Its process is so similar to ripple (XRP). While Ripple focuses on providing a solution for transfers between banks globally, Stellar aims to facilitate payments between people around the world. But the working method of both is almost the same. Stellar is a fast and cheap network, every transaction on this network is done in 6 seconds and will have a low fee of 0.0001 USD.
Learn more on Stellar official website.
Is Stellar 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 Stellar 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 Stellar in Switzerland
Lumen (XLM) is the money in your e-wallet. Any transaction you can do using physical money, can be done using XLM. Lumen is your asset; you can save it in your wallet and sell it whenever its price rises, or use it to buy different things. Even some people use this crypto as a payment of dollars or euros. For example, if you have to transfer money to your friend in Europe, you can use XLM instead of Euro. However, both of you should have the e-wallet that supports this token to be able to do this transaction. Stellar doesn’t have an official wallet, people can use different wallets from exchanges that accept this coin.
After buying XLM, if you want to hold it as an investment, it’s better to keep an eye on the rate of this crypto to trade it at the best time. If you want to use it, you need to check the projects or companies that accept this coin to see how you can spend it online.
Who can buy Stellar 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
If you want to keep XLM as an investment, you need to know that XLM can be a good long-term investment. It is not recommended to think about a short-term profit while buying this coin.
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.
No, the minimum amount of Stellar XLM you should have in your account is 1 XLM. You can’t activate any wallet without 1 XLM.
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.
Different analysts have predicted the future of XLM up to 2030. They have positive opinions about the future of this coin. Some even believe that the price of XLM will reach $10 by 2030.