Tuesday, April 13, 2021

UK’s Customs and Revenue agency issues crypto tax guidelines for businesses.

The Takeaway:

The UK's Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued crypto tax guidelines for businesses. The regulations cover various assets and processes.

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The United Kingdom’s tax collection body, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a new document that explains crypto tax guidelines. The Crypto assets Manual issued by HMRC defines the tax rates for crypto transactions that involve businesses and companies. The crypto tax rules specifically deal with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. The detailed document goes over which taxes apply, accounting, crypto mining transactions, and betting and gaming, among many other details.

 

The document also examines exchange tokens.

The document also examines exchange tokens and expects businesses to pay taxes on activities involving those tokens. This includes mining. How the taxation occurs for various kinds of tokens and processes (staking, mining, and so on) is based on specific criteria. Exchange tokens are considered a “trade” depending on the asset’s frequency, level of organization, and intention. If it qualifies as a trade, it’s taxed in a specific manner, the document stated. For staking, the matter becomes a little more unclear. The degree of activity, organization, and risk will determine how staked tokens are going to be taxed.

 

Regulators around the world are working on taxing crypto income. 

The liable taxes could include Capital Gains Tax (CGT), Corporation Tax (CT), Corporation Tax on Chargeable Gains (CTCG), Income Tax (IT), National Insurance Contributions, Stamp Taxes, and VAT. Regulators around the world are preparing guidance for the crypto market and industry. The issue is still a large pain point, as this asset class is unprecedented. Authorities are unsure how to enforce compliance standards on decentralized assets. Crypto taxation is only one of the challenges that governments face in the industry. As reported earlier, South Korea was among the first nations to introduce a thorough tax guideline for crypto. Governments are beginning to realize that they stand to gain more by taxing the market than by banning it outright.

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Jai Pratap
Jai Pratap
A Mass Media Graduate who loves to write. Jai is also a sports enthusiast and a big movie buff. He loves to learn new things.

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