The Paraguayan Senate passed a bill on July 14 establishing a tax and regulatory framework for businesses operating in the cryptocurrency and the crypto mining sectors.

The bill, introduced last July by Senator Fernando Silva Facetti and passed in Congress in May before reaching the Senate, calls for the formation of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) to oversee crypto industry service providers. The bill is now one step away from being ratified as law by President Mario Abdo Benítez.

A notice from Congress in May stated that the bill pertains specifically to crypto mining, commercialization, intermediation, exchange, transfer, custody, and/or administration of crypto assets or instruments that allow control over crypto assets.

Local news outlet ABC reported on July 14 that companies that operate in the crypto industry would be treated the same as those dealing with securities for tax purposes. As a result, they will be exempted by the Undersecretary of State for Taxation from paying a Value Added Tax (VAT) but will be included in the income tax regime.

The bill reportedly considers how crypto miners should interact with local power suppliers. Prospective mining operations will be required to report their energy consumption schedule to the National Electricity Administration (ANDE), Paraguay’s national electricity regime. If miners are found to be consuming more electricity than planned, ANDE may cut off their electricity…

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