A bill to exempt foreign residents from capital gains taxes when they sell digital currencies and reduce tax on crypto options for employees, has started to make its way through Israel’s parliament, according to a report from CoinDesk.
The bill passed a preliminary reading in the country's parliament on Wednesday, according to the news site.
"Up until now, workers in the crypto industry had to pay double the tax on their options compared to workers in the traditional high-tech industry. Moreover, foreign investors in the blockchain industry were not entitled to the same benefits as those entitled to investors in the traditional high-tech industry,” said Dan Illouz, a lawmaker in Israel, cited by CoinDesk.
The bill too has support of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Illouz said.
Israel's approach to crypto
Israel has been active over the past year in regulating crypto. The country’s financial regulator proposed draft amendments in January to push digital assets into existing financial laws and expand the definition of securities.
The Israel Securities Authority at the time said it saw an opportunity in crypto for investors and its economy.
“The advanced technology in these assets can lead to economic efficiency in many areas, reduce costs, save the need for intermediaries and optimize the way information is transferred between entities,” the regulator said in January.
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