Does .257 burn fee for new account needs to be put in the transaction operation?

      kind: 'transaction',
      fee: min_fee + burn_fee, // <-- here?

The sender should first query (through RPC) to see if the destination address is new and adjust fee accordingly? That's a bit tricky.

I'll have as fee something like minimum_fee=1257 + burn_fee=257000 What if my destination address is a smart contract? my minimum_fee must be adjusted?

  • There is no such thing as a "burn fee". Fees and burns are different, completely separate, things. A fee is paid to the baker, a burn is destroyed. The burn is accounted for in the storage_limit. I'm not sure what specific question you really want to ask.
    – Tom
    Commented Mar 30, 2019 at 1:03
  • I read about that "burn fee" in another answer tezos.stackexchange.com/questions/106/fees-in-proto-003 needed to activate new account. Whatever you wanna call it I mean "activation fee" Commented Mar 30, 2019 at 11:24

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Fees and burns are different, completely separate, things. A fee is paid to the baker, a burn is destroyed.

The 0.257 burn for allocating a new implicit account is, indeed, a burn, representing the storage cost of maintaining an account in the node state indefinitely.

When an operation requires a storage burn, you must indicate in the storage_limit how much (measured in logical bytes) you are willing to burn (according to the constant cost_per_byte = 1000 mutez = 0.001 tez).

  kind: 'transaction',
  fee: min_fee,
  storage_limit: 257,

The storage_limit: 257 says "I'm willing to burn up to 257*cost_per_byte = 0.257 tez for this operation".

  • what wasn't clear is that that '.257 burn fee should be kept as account balance. Thanks for reply. Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 16:07
  • When does an operation require a storage burn?
    – arvidj
    Commented Feb 7, 2020 at 10:51
  • @arvidj when you're sending xtz to an account that has not been revealed on the chain yet. Commented Mar 28, 2020 at 12:59
  • @RoccoMusolino isn't the revealing another operation, when sending from an account for the first time, which costs a fee (not burn)?
    – CherryDT
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 21:32

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