According to an Australian media report, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) plans to make several changes to its policies. These policies will come into effect on July 1. The report claims that on July 1, the taxman will send warning letters to hundreds of thousands of traders in the crypto sector.
Number of Targeted Crypto Investors
Around 350,000 crypto investors will receive letters or emails to remind them to pay their taxes for profits made in the crypto sector. In Australia, the tax authority classifies crypto as property. Consequently, those participating in the crypto sector are expected to pay capital gains tax. Some of the taxable events include trading in crypto, selling, exchanging crypto, and converting crypto into fiat currencies. Additionally, using crypto to purchase goods is a taxable event.
One spokesperson from the ATO advised those participating in the crypto sector to maintain good records of all their activities involving crypto. The records should include receipts of purchase, exchange records, legal and accountant costs, records of digital wallets and the keys, dates of transactions, and the value of transactions in AUD at the time of the transaction. Besides that, they need to provide information about the purpose of the transaction.
The spokesperson added that the ATO had published its Data Matching Protocol for crypto in April 2019. They use the program to obtain data about crypto transactions from exchanges. He noted that due to the complexity of crypto transactions, some Australians were not aware of their tax obligations. As a result, their program was designed to raise awareness and help people fix any errors that may have arisen.
Those Likely to Receive the Letter
The spokesperson for the ATO said that any Australian who sold crypto during the 2017/2018 fiscal year might receive a letter from the tax office. They would be requested to review their transactions to ensure they had correctly reported their capital gains tax obligations He added that those who corrected their mistakes would not be fined. However, those who did not might be subjected to an audit. He said that by June, they expected to have sent letters to around 350,000 Australians who had taken part in the crypto sector in the recent past.
One tax expert said that the tax office had been looking into discrepancies between tax returns and earnings from the crypto sector after they announced a crackdown in 2019. He said that some of his clients had already received emails informing them of these potential discrepancies. They were also being given a chance to correct these errors.
The tax expert from H & R Block added that people who had dubbed in crypto and realized that there were tax implications were receiving most of these letters. However, he added that some might have deliberately failed to report their earnings in the crypto sector.
Crypto Accounting Software
If you have ever dealt in the crypto sector, you should be aware that there might be some tax implications, no matter where you live. Consequently, it would be wise to check with your tax authority how you should calculate the amount of tax you owe. As reported by Visionary Financial a while back, there's many startups who have been conquering the accounting space in digital assets. Originally the process of tracking digital asset transactions was extremely confusing and time consuming. Tax providers like TurboTax have now collaborated with some of these softwares to create a seemingness experience.
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