Nigerian Kucoin users to pay 7.5% VAT on all transactions

  • Starting Monday, July 8th, Kucoin will charge a 7.5% tax on all transactions made by users registered in Nigeria.
  • This decision comes from a regulatory update from the Nigerian SEC.

Kucoin exchange took to Twitter (X) to announce that starting Monday, July 8th, Nigerian users will be charged a 7.5% value-added tax on all transactions. This move, spurred by the Nigerian SEC’s regulatory actions, comes a month after the regulator asked all crypto exchanges and businesses to re-register or risk enforcement action.

This levy may be a sign that the Nigerian SEC is at the early stages of recognising cryptocurrencies, three years after the country’s Central Bank ordered banks to stop transacting with cryptos either for themselves or corporate entities.

The Nigerian government has tried to impose a 10% levy on crypto transactions through the 2023 Finance Act but was unable to enforce it due largely to regulatory opacity.

While the SEC Chairman Emomotimi Agama has not commented on the new tax, the regulator admits that this new rule is part of its plan to regulate crypto.

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