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Australian tax authority scrutinizes cryptocurrency exchanges’ customer and bank data

Controlling customer data of cryptocurrency exchanges and bank data can help identify illegal activities and enforce tax laws.

Date: 2024-05-07 Author: Łukasz Michałek
Australian tax authority scrutinizes cryptocurrency exchanges’ customer and bank data

The Australian Taxation Office is demanding details of annual transactions from cryptocurrency exchanges to address potential tax evasion. This action is aimed at ensuring that investors are correctly reporting their cryptocurrency gains and paying any capital gains taxes due.

The data collection program, announced in April, requires designated exchanges to provide certain information. This includes customer names, addresses, birthdays and transaction details. It aims to promote a fair and balanced tax system.

The bureau confirmed the complexity of using cryptocurrencies, which can cause confusion for users regarding their tax obligations.

„In addition, the ability to purchase crypto assets using false information can make them attractive to those wishing to avoid tax obligations,” – he added.

Australia’s cryptocurrency boom triggers tax scrutiny

Australia is a major player in the cryptocurrency ecosystem and classifies cryptocurrencies as a taxable asset rather than a foreign currency. This means that cryptocurrency investors are required to pay capital gains tax when they sell cryptocurrencies at a profit or exchange one digital asset for another. The country boasts a sizable cryptocurrency user base. It is estimated that as of 2022. 25% of Australians owned cryptocurrencies.

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The bureau worked with partners to gain a clear understanding of the tax implications of cryptocurrencies. Work has also been undertaken to develop an appropriate regulatory response. Its new crypto asset matching program directly addresses the under- or inaccurate capital gains tax, income tax, goods and services tax (GST) and fringe benefit tax (FBT) associated with cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin ETFs in Australia later this year

Australian investors will gain a new way to invest in Bitcoin. The country’s main market operator, the ASX, is on track to approve the first-ever Bitcoin ETFs by the end of 2024, potentially causing a surge in Bitcoin investment options.

Additionally, Australia and Indonesia signed an information-sharing agreement last month to strengthen tax enforcement on cryptocurrencies. The pact aims to improve both countries’ ability to identify potentially taxable crypto assets.

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Łukasz Michałek
Łukasz Michałek
Founder of the rapidly developing cryptocurrency channel "Biblia Kryptowalut" on YouTube. He also co-creates the Arena Trading group with Marek. Łukasz is fascinated and passionate about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, which constitute the central element of his activity in the cryptocurrency industry.
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