Bill Regulating Crypto Transactions Approved- Brazilian Senate Committee

February 23, 2022

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The Brazilian Senate’s economic affairs committee authorized a bill on Tuesday legislating crypto transactions. The bill was inaugurated by Senator Flávio Arns, which has to be voted on by the Senate plenary. If the bill is approved, then by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. The executive department then has the authority to veto the bill. After authorizing Arns’ bill, the Brazilian Senate postponed two other crypto bills submitted by senators Styvenson Valentim and Soraya Thronicke. The bill introduced by Arns establishes the label virtual service providers for crypto firms, which will be accountable to criminal liability for violations against the Brazilian financial policy.

Arns’ bill restrains the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission from administering the Brazilian crypto ecosystem except for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and enables the Brazilian executive branch to select a superintendent. Arns also recommends a joint outline of crypto between the Brazilian Central Bank and the tax collection agency If the bill is authorized, the executive branch will furnish crypto firms with permission to regulate. Further, crypto companies will have to inform the Brazilian Financial Activities Control Council of pacts presumed of money laundering. The bill restricts a new crime accomplished with virtual aids, punishable by a fee of between four and eight years in prison and a fine in cash. Till 2029, the bill absolves from taxation investments of machinery and software for processing and mining digital currencies by firms that counterbalance 100 percent of emissions.

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