Bithumb, a major crypto exchange in South Korea, has taken the country’s tax authority to court over a “groundless” tax imposed on the exchange. Experts explain that currently there are no grounds to tax crypto transactions in South Korea and existing tax laws do not apply to crypto transactions.
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Bithumb Seeks to Nullify Tax Bill
While South Korea currently has no law to tax crypto profits, the country’s National Tax Service (NTS) has imposed a tax of 80.3 billion won ($69 million) on Bithumb, one of the largest crypto exchanges in the country. Bithumb subsequently filed a complaint with the country’s Tax Tribunal against the NTS alleging that the agency’s tax imposition on it was “groundless,” the Korea Times reported, elaborating:
The firm claims that cryptocurrency is not a legally recognized currency and therefore the authorities lack the grounds to impose a tax of any kind.
The Tax Tribunal has 90 days to determine whether to grant or…