Argentina’s Tax Authority Conducts First-Ever Raids on Secret Crypto Miners

Argentina’s tax collection agency (AFIP) conducted raids for the first time in search of secret crypto miners, the agency announced Friday.

  • Last Tuesday, AFIP carried out its first raid in the province of San Juan, where it found an agricultural producer housing crypto mining equipment in a fruit cooling area. AFIP didn’t disclose the amount of equipment discovered, nor the amount of cryptocurrency held by the miner.
  • Last week, AFIP also raided a crypto mining company operating in Buenos Aires, as it was working on a property registered for other commercial purposes. Inside the location, AFIP found 142 rigs and 1,355 video cards.
  • Finally, on Thursday, AFIP held a third raid in the province of Córdoba, although no further details were officially disclosed.
  • Currently, Argentina has no official registry for crypto miners and few companies operate legally. The bulk of miners in the country carry out the activity secretly to avoid paying taxes and to take advantage of residential electricity tariffs, which are heavily subsidized compared to industrial rates.

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