May 02, 2021 at 11:54 // News
Recently, the South Korean Finance Ministry announced imposing a 20% tax on cryptocurrency earnings. Curiously enough, the decision comes a couple of days before the announcement concerning the testing of the digital won. Is this a way to push people away from cryptos?
According to the Bank of Korea (BoK), the testing phase of digital won, aka CBDC, will begin in late 2021. The pilot program started back in April 2020, according to the report by CoinIdol, a world blockchain news outlet. However, the bank concentrated on building the proper framework rather than practical testing. The BoK Governor Lee Ju-yeol stated that they have chosen the better-right-than-fast approach.
The fact that the bank announced a transition to practical trials might prove that the country is coming closer to finishing all the developments. Perhaps, the digital won might see the world sometime in 2022.
Curiously enough, the new taxation framework will also take effect in January 2022. The initial date was set for October 2021. However, numerous complaints from the representatives of the South Korean cryptocurrency community forced the government to postpone the date.
Is it an attempt to promote CBDC?
Generally, the news of the new tax was not received well within the community in South Korea. Some crypto-friendly members of parliament, especially those from the ruling Democratic Party, want the new tax delayed. The legislators argue that the country has not yet laid down the necessary groundwork to allow taxation of cryptocurrency. The finance minister however insists that cryptocurrency taxation can not be avoided.