Turkey Plans New Crypto Transaction Tax to Address Economic Challenges

The Turkish government is seeking to introduce a new tax on crypto transactions aimed at boosting financial revenues and addressing budget deficits.

The proposed tax, set at 0.03% of the transaction value, aims to capitalize on the growing popularity of cryptocurrency trading among Turkish investors, who increasingly use it as a hedge against inflation and the depreciation of the Turkish lira.

This new tax is part of broader tax reforms proposed by the Turkish government, expected to generate 226 billion Turkish liras (approximately $7 billion USD). Other reforms include increased value-added taxes and new taxes on digital services.

The move comes at a time when Turkey faces major economic challenges, including rising inflation and currency weakness. The government also aims to enhance oversight of the cryptocurrency market to prevent money laundering and other illegal activities.

The new tax has faced criticism from some investors who fear it may deter investment in digital currencies. However, the government emphasizes that the goal of this tax is to encourage responsible investment in this emerging field.

It is worth noting that previously, the Turkish government decided not to pursue a tax on stock trading transactions due to widespread controversy. However, Treasury and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek recently announced plans to introduce new tax regulations to parliament.

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