Crypto License in Lithuania
There is an official permission from the Lithuanian government to conduct and regulate crypto business, which makes it one of the few European Union member states where legal financial transactions with cryptocurrency are possible. The Lithuanian government offers permission to use virtual currencies along with FIAT (traditional financial services) and electronic money (e-money).
Licensing for virtual currencies in Lithuania is available in two forms:
An exchange license for cryptocurrencies (an exchange license for cryptocurrencies). Such a license enables companies to exchange cryptocurrency for capital, or for another cryptocurrency, and receive a fee for the services.
Custodian license for crypto wallets (custodian license for crypto wallets). Cryptocurrency wallets can be managed by a licensed company, including the generation and storage of encrypted client keys.
Lithuania crypto license
PACKAGE «COMPANY & CRYPTO License IN LITHUANIA»
- The establishment of a company or the purchase of one that is already established
- A EUR 125,000 contribution to the registration of the share capital
- Preparation of legal documents for companies
- Assistance with state social insurance fund employment/KYC/AML officer and information
- For one year, Vilnius Business Centre will be the legal address
- An analysis of the Cryptocurrency Company’s business model and structure
- Providing assistance to cryptocurrency companies in opening bank accounts
- Company KYC/AML procedures and procedural rules
- Submission of notifications to Lithuanian FCIS and Business Registers
- Fees for registering a company with the government
- License fees for government-issued cryptography
- Five hours of general counselling
|Ready-made company with acquired crypto license in Lithuania||24,900 EUR|
It is possible for the authority to request more information and an in-depth description of the cryptographic company’s activities during the procedure. As soon as all the necessary data has been collected and is complete, a licence can be granted.
In order to mark a virtual firm correctly in the system with the complete portfolio of documents, any changes in its structure after acquiring a license (addresses of the owner, board members, beneficiaries, employees) must be done after the license has been obtained.
Lithuanian Business Register provides the license application form for cryptography and is under the control of the FCIS. It is a department within the Lithuanian Police and Border Police Department that has a unique function. See Lithuania’s cryptography rules for more information.
Order V-5 of January 2020, which governs money laundering and terrorism financing, applies to virtual currency businesses.
Limited liability companies (UABs) need to be incorporated in Lithuania to obtain a virtual currency license. A minimum of 2500 euros is required for the authorized capital of the company. There is no need to visit Lithuania by proxy or use the electronic card of the Lithuanian resident for the creation of a crypto company. The company could be created completely remotely.
Cryptocurrency structures require a minimum of one member, which can be both an owner and a board member. AML, a cryptographic company, employs him as well.
It is not necessary for the officer/official responsible for combating money laundering and financing of terrorism to reside in Lithuania. However, he or she must have some experience in the industry and a good reputation.
Each visitor and transfer should be thoroughly reviewed according to AML/KYC rules by the permitted business. AML/KYC rules may be inquired about by the FCIS supervisory authority.
Crypto regulation in Lithuania
|Period for consideration
||up to 1 month||Annual fee for supervision||No|
|State fee for application
||No||Local staff member||Required|
|Required share capital||125,000 €||Physical office||No|
|Corporate income tax||5 – 15%||Accounting audit||No|
Requirements for the company
Companies providing services in the cryptocurrency sector must comply with the following requirements:
- Identification procedures and identity checks must be conducted for all clients;
- Regulators should have access to customer data;
- An internal control system and a risk assessment procedure should be in place at the company;
- Compliance with KYC/AML requires a compliance officer
- The Financial Crimes Investigation Service (FCIS) must be notified.
The members of the board of directors as well as the owners of the company must have impeccable reputations and no criminal records.
For foreigners/non-residents of Lithuania to engage in crypto activities legally while abroad, there is no physical presence requirement for crypto company owners and board members.
It is necessary to submit the following documents when applying for a cryptocurrency license in Lithuania:
All participants’ passports must be apostilled
The CVs of all participants in the project
Lithuanian territory does not include virtual or physical offices
It is important that the board has a good reputation in the business world (no criminal record)
As part of the application process, an AML officer must prove that they have a good reputation in business and do not have any criminal records, as well as provide documentation regarding relevant education, skills, and experience
KYC/AML officers can be replaced by third-party suppliers with whom a collaboration agreement has been reached
Owners/board members of AML do not have any restrictions based on their country of residence.
The KYC/AML procedures, procedural rules, and business plan
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Fully remote solutions are possible
There is no requirement to have an office
Requirements for company members
- Owners (natural or legal) must be present. In the current state of affairs, members of the company are not restricted based on their nationality or place of residence.
- An owner must be on the board (it can be the same owner). Citizenship and residency are not restricted. Currently, members of the company are not restricted based on their nationality or residence.
- Officer responsible for AML compliance (may be the same owner). Citizenship and residency are not restricted. Compliance with FCIS requirements and professional experience are required.
- An office is located at the company. There is no restriction on the use of a virtual office.
- It is necessary to provide the data of all beneficial owners (UBOs) at the time of application.
In order to review and prepare an application for a cryptocurrency license, the following documentation will be required:
- A valid passport copy from the country of origin
- In the case of a remote start-up and license application, a power of attorney (PoA) is required
- The business model of the company and a detailed description of its activities
- Crypto license participants’ CVs/summaries of experience and education
- Address of website that will offer cryptocurrency services
- A copy of the criminal record of an owner, board member, final beneficiary (UBO) or AML officer (not older than 3 months)
To report to the tax authorities, the cryptocurrency company does not have any special requirements. Lithuanian companies must provide accounting in the same way as other companies. Crypto companies do not need to report to regulators, but FCIS is always able to make prescriptions and requests about their activities. Essentially, the FCIS requires that crypto projects comply with AML/KYC requirements, such as collecting client data from crypto projects and making it available to the regulator upon request.
TAXATION OF VIRTUAL CURRENCY COMPANIES IN LITHUANIA
- VAT does not apply to crypto exchange services.
- VAT is required on cryptocurrency offers
- There is a 15% tax on cryptocurrency benefits. Taxes are applied to small businesses with less than 10 employees and turnovers below 300,000 euros.
- Dividends paid on income are taxed at 15%.
Depending on the type of crypto activity, taxes vary. Taxes are not imposed on tokens acquired through exchange, nesting, or any other means.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are crypto activities licensed in Lithuania?Yes, of course. The Lithuanian government grants two types of crypto licences based on the activities the applicant intends to carry out:
- License for cryptocurrency wallets (CryptoWallet Exchange)
- Licence to exchange cryptocurrencies (Crypto Exchange Licence)
What is the process for getting a crypto license in Lithuania?The following requirements must be met by applicants in order to obtain a crypto licence in Lithuania:
- Lithuanian company establishment and registration
- A minimum of one employee is required for the company
- The company must have an employee who has good knowledge of KYC and security regulations
- A Lithuanian address is required for the company
- KYC procedures must be established by the company
- It is the company's responsibility to provide the supervisory body with regular reports about its activities and security.
Can Lithuanian companies engage in crypto activities without contacting the local tax authority?That's right. In addition to corporate taxes, crypto companies are subject to other taxes as well. State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania is responsible for reporting their income and collecting taxes.
How does Lithuania's crypto license work?Client keys may be issued to customers by authorized holders of crypto storage wallet licences, and client wallets may be held on their behalf by custodial wallet holders. Exchange services between virtual currencies and fiat currencies may be offered by holders of a Crypto exchange licence for a fee. A virtual currency may also be exchanged for another. It is possible for a virtual asset service provider to obtain both crypto licences in Lithuania if it intends to offer both types of services.
Is getting a license a long process?It takes 30 days to obtain a crypto licence in Lithuania. Occasionally, the process may be delayed due to missing documents.
Crypto companies can be owned by non-Lithuanian residents?That's right. While visiting Lithuania for a limited period of time, you can set up a crypto company via a notary or complete the process entirely remotely. Nevertheless, a trustee must be located in Lithuania who would act on the founder's behalf.
A Lithuanian crypto company can have members who are not Lithuanian residents on its board?In fact, yes.
Can a license be obtained without a bank account?
It is possible to open a bank account after obtaining a license.
Can a virtual currency service provider operate with a minimum authorized capital?
Virtual currency service providers must have a minimum authorized capital of 2500 Euros.
What is the duration of a crypto-license?In Lithuania, cryptocurrency licenses are issued indefinitely
Cryptocurrencies can be deposited as authorized capital?
Crypto payments aren't allowed yet, but some financial service providers are developing more flexible policies. In the future, this option may be introduced.
A crypto company's charter capital is paid in in what way?
A deposit of authorized capital in Euros (EUR) is required from applicants.
If you want to open a company and obtain a crypto-license in Lithuania, when do you have to deposit capital?
In order to establish a company in Lithuania, applicants must deposit minimum authorized capital. A company cannot be registered with the local authorities without completing this step.
What are the benefits of getting a crypto license in Lithuania?The country of Lithuania implements technical developments very quickly, and offers excellent conditions for those who want to establish a business and obtain a crypto license. A few of the main benefits are as follows:
- It is possible to complete the entire process remotely
- Capitalization requirements are low
- In just 30 days, the process can be completed
- There is a 15 percent corporate tax rate, which is lower than those found in many other EU countries.
Cryptocurrency companies in Lithuania are audited?
In fact, yes. Lithuanian Financial Crime Investigation Service (FCIS) supervises holders of both types of crypto licences.
Crypto companies can have directors who are not Lithuanian residents?
Are there any measures in place in Lithuania to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism?
The internal processes of every crypto company should be monitored by a security expert who ensures that all relevant regulations are followed. Lithuanian Financial Crime Investigation Service (FCIS) supervises and audits all crypto companies.
Are there any difficulties in obtaining a crypto license in Lithuania?
A trustee must be appointed on behalf of non-residents to establish a company in Lithuania on a remote basis. If a non-resident wishes to do it themselves, they must be present in the country and find a notary who can assist them.
Can a Lithuanian crypto company open a bank account?
According to a recent change, those who want to establish a company in Lithuania are no longer restricted to local banks. Companies can also open accounts in credit unions and digital banks. A full list of banks and financial institutions that companies can open accounts in is compiled and updated by the Bank of Lithuania.
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