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Spain Modifies Tax Model 720 for Declaring Crypto Holdings Abroad

An amendment has been introduced by the Spanish parliament to the tax model 720, which is used for declaration of cryptocurrencies as well as other holdings abroad. The amendment softens some of the penalties that were applicable. Approval has not been granted for the modification, which changes some of the harsh penalties that had been declared illegal last month by the Court of Justice of the European Union. The tax model 720 required taxpayers to disclose their crypto holdings and other kind of assets outside the country. This had been introduced on February 10th in the Spanish Parliament.

According to the antifraud law that had received approval in the previous June, this model should be used by people for declaring the cryptocurrencies they have abroad. The purpose of the amendment proposed is to eliminate certain penalties that had been added to the 720 model that had been declared illegal in the previous month. The old structure dictated that debtors could be required to pay about 150% of the holdings they have abroad, depending on the circumstances. Furthermore, taxpayers were also required to pay fines of about 5,000 euros, which is around $5,675, for providing incomplete, fake and inexact data in the digital currency tax statement.

As these tax debts would never become prescribed, it would mean that debtors would have to pay the debt accumulated even after years. The amendment that has been introduced for the tax model 720 contains fixes for these issues. One of the most notable changes that have been made include these tax debts being prescribed in a time span of four years, which means that taxpayers would only have to pay debts applicable to the previous four tax periods. Another significant change that has been proposed in the amendment is that of the fines that will be applicable on the taxpayers.

The new sanctions are in accordance with the fines described in the current General Tax Law, which ranges from 150 to 250 euros. Furthermore, the amendment eliminates the 150% penalties, which has been described as extremely repressive by the Court of Justice of the European Union. But, there are some things that have also been maintained. This includes the obligation of taxpayers to report the crypto holdings they have abroad and fines would be applicable on citizens who hide their assets in foreign lands.

It is also important to note that this ‘soft’ model 720 will be implemented for declaring taxes before March because that is when the time for presenting tax statement comes to an end. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding it because the government has not clarified if this model is to be maintained in the future, or if a new model will be designed that will be put into effect from next year. For now, the amendments that have been proposed do give crypto investors in Spain some relief from the hefty fines and penalties that were applicable before and give them some breathing room, but they are yet to be approved.

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