In the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about a new generation of investors investing significant funds in cryptocurrencies. Although until recently, local market investors were still quite skeptical about digital assets and did not easily engage in cryptocurrency trading, current data show that this market is currently on a real upswing.
The consequences that followed the coronavirus pandemic have affected every segment of our daily lives and our habits; therefore, it does not come as a surprise that we quickly adopt new trends, and we readily adapt to the changing market situation faster than ever.
Crypto investors – current trends and doubts
While many people are starting to get acquainted with the cryptocurrency market in the desire to make a profit through safe and prudent investment, experienced crypto investors around the world use their digital currencies to invest in real estate. The growing trend of buying real estate in cryptocurrencies has been registered worldwide, and it seems that global trends are increasingly being accepted by investors in the local market as well.
Croatian properties have attracted great interest among international clients, and ever since the country joined the EU, many clients have decided to look for investment opportunities in attractive destinations on the Adriatic. At the beginning of 2023, Croatia will enter the eurozone, which is yet another reason for international clients to plan their new investments with additional security and optimism. In line with clients’ growing interest in real estate on the Adriatic coast and the increasing number of inquiries from crypto investors, we often get asked: ‘Is it even possible to buy real estate in Croatia with cryptocurrencies?’
Villa Virtuosa – island of Brač
A Quick Tax Guide to Buying With Cryptocurrencies
Analyzing the most common doubts and tax issues crypto investors face, we contacted the authorized tax advisor, Ms. Ivana Zec, who gave us her expert insight into the most important tax aspects that need to be considered when buying with cryptocurrencies. More detailed information is provided below.
Cryptocurrency-related transactions are part of a trend that is increasingly drawing the attention of tax advisors, accountants, and the Tax Administration itself. There are more and more specific actions and processes that are designed in the digital world, which should be incorporated into existing legal provisions for the purpose of taxation and accounting.
When talking about cryptocurrencies, it is important to emphasize that their acquisition is not taxable, but from the tax point of view, the owners of cryptocurrencies should be aware of the importance of sale or conversion into any other fiat currency. Namely, at the moment of selling or exchanging cryptocurrency for Croatian kuna or Euro or any other fiat currency, a potential tax liability arises for the cryptocurrency holder.
If the cryptocurrency holder is a natural person, the difference between the sale and purchase value is taxable with capital gains tax on the basis of capital gains, which is calculated at a rate of 10% plus surtax if the person has temporary or permanent residence in Croatia.
When a legal entity is the cryptocurrency holder, the sale of cryptocurrencies or their conversion into fiat currency has its own accounting story, which depends on the purpose for which the cryptocurrency was originally acquired.
Stone villa for sale – Brač
When talking about buying real estate and paying with cryptocurrencies, it is important to note that, according to the existing legal provisions, payment alone cannot be made directly in cryptocurrencies. It is necessary to change cryptocurrencies into Croatian kuna and make payments in this form. At the very moment of exchanging cryptocurrency into fiat currency, income tax is levied if the owner is a natural person. If the owner is a legal entity, the earnings are included in the profit and loss account.
In any case, it is recommended to consult a tax advisor before any transaction related to cryptocurrencies and real estate so that the owner of the cryptocurrency, i.e., the buyer of the real estate, is aware of all tax aspects.
In the case of international clients, it is important to emphasize that they need to check the tax aspect of these transactions in the country of their tax residence.
We hope that this blog will answer some of the tax questions that crypto investors often ask themselves before the final decision to buy real estate in Croatia.
For all additional information and advice, do not hesitate to contact us, and our agents will connect you with experienced experts in this field who will gladly guide you throughout the purchase process.