Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong announced that the country’s income tax rule also extends to income from all forms of non-fungible token (NFT) transactions. It means that those trading in NFT or carrying out any related transactions are expected to pay tax. However, the income tax rule will be treaded based on the use and nature of the NFT.
He was addressing the parliament when he revealed the taxation status on NFTs. There is no capital tax regime in Singapore. As a result, individuals having capital gains from the NFT transactions will not be taxable, Wong added.
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The Rule Will Encourage Long-Term Spending
The latest tax changes in the country have led to a lot of predictions regarding its implication. Several analysts believe that the new rule will reduce inequality and strengthen the social impact, as well as aid longer-term spending.
Earlier in January this year, the Singapore government warned its citizens against investments in digital assets, especially in the emerging NFT and metaverse market.
While Singapore has been seen as the next hub for crypto investments, its government is still skeptical about investments related to digital assets. Earlier this month, Singapore authorities urged global regulators to intensify their efforts in the control of digital investments.
Despite being often touted as the next crypto hub in Asia, Singapore had urged global regulators to exercise greater control over digital investments. It had revealed closely exploring the risks associated with technologies such as blockchain, decentralized finance, NFTs, and the metaverse. Singapore’s central bank also stated last month that it doesn’t have plans to regulate the NFT market.
Singapore Does Not Regulate NFTs
Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Minister in charge of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) noted that it’s not possible to regulate everything people have chosen to invest in.
He says MAS usually looks at the substance of an asset before deciding whether the service or product should be put under regulation. As a result, MAS doesn’t regulate NFTs due to the nature of their underlying assets. Other leading jurisdictions have also taken this stance when it comes to regulating NFTs.
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