Bitcoin currency exchange not liable for VAT taxes -top EU court

October 22, 2015 9:19 AM

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BRUSSELS Oct 22 Exchanging traditional currency for the digital currency bitcoin online should be exempt from consumption taxes just like other transactions of banknotes and coins, the European Court of Justice said on Thursday.

Europe's highest court ruled in response to a request by Swedish tax authorities, who had argued bitcoin transactions should not be covered by a European Union directive exempting currency transactions from value added tax (VAT).

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