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How to buy Tezos in Switzerland
Is XTZ a good investment in Switzerland?
Tezos has introduced itself as the first self-correcting platform among digital currencies. The Tezos smart contract platform is similar to Ethereum and allows the creation of decentralized applications, except that it uses a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm. In July 2017, Tezos was able to attract about 232 million dollars in initial coin offering (ICO), which made Tezos the second digital currency in the world of cryptocurrencies. The fame and popularity of Tezos digital currency made large companies such as PolyChain Capital show interest in investing in the native token of Tezos (XTZ). Finally, on June 30, 2018, the first test net of Tezos was released.
Participants or shareholders in the Tezos blockchain, can vote on the changes they want to achieve through a collective consensus on the proposed plans. Smart contracts can always be created using the Tezos platform. Through smart contracts, there will be no manipulations by a third party. In addition, Tezos is a platform to improve the safety of secure contracts, which means if this technology is widely used in the future, any costly and controversial bugs can be totally avoided.
What is Tezos ?
Tezos coin is the native token of Tezos blockchain. Tezos digital currency is known in the digital currency market with its own symbol XTZ. The symbol XTZ is generally used on exchanges in order to address Tezos currency.
Learn more on Tezos official website.
Is Tezos 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 Tezos 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 Tezos in Switzerland
The XTZ cryptocurrency can be used for holding, spending, sending, and baking (means signing and publishing blocks to the Tezos blockchain). It is essential to the up-keep and operation of the Tezos network. Users can vote on network upgrades by owning and baking XTZ, and each vote is based on the quantity of XTZ they bake.
XTZ is mainly used to interact with dApps, pay for fees, and secure the network. If the Tezos platform develops further, there will be more demand which may put XTZ in the position of a profitable event for investments as well.
Who can buy Tezos 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
Tezos has the characteristic of self-amendment. This is important because it can prevent society from becoming fragmented, stakeholder motivations changing, and network disruption over time. Due to the self-amendment feature of Tezos, the costs of updating its protocol and implementing innovations in the future are reduced. This can increase the further growth and development of this digital currency in the future and at the same time, it has attracted the attention of many people currently.
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 established minimum amount assigned for purchasing Tezos. Through our exchange, you can begin buying Tezos for a minimum of $10 using the payment method of your choice. The transaction will be processed and added to your collection of cryptocurrency assets.
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.
In order to keep your Tezos investment secure, you can either use cold storage wallets, which are typically encrypted devices that store Tezos users’ assets offline and add an extra layer of security against the constantly changing risks associated with being online. Or, you could keep your XTZ cryptocurrency tokens in online wallets. Additionally, you can use the wallet provided by our exchange, which makes trading Tezos much simpler because it can quickly connect to a number of protocols.