Crypto Exchanges in UK to report to HMRC tax office

The HMRC tax office in the UK is moving its magnifying glass over cryptocurrency exchanges nowadays, requesting them to provide the agency with customers’ data for tax-evasion inspection purposes, including names and the transactions associated.

The article was updated on 14 November, 2019 by Amicus.

07 August, 2019 | AtoZ Markets - Coinbase, eToro and CEX.IO were three cryptocurrency exchanges among others that received the formal requests to provide the HMRC with financial records.

The tax inspection authority is reportedly eyeing investors who made hefty profits trading cryptos around the time digital assets skyrocketed around two to three years back in the time.

Media resources quoted what they called “cited sources.” “If they [HMRC] do only go back two or three years, I think the interesting thing here is that the individuals who went into crypto very early on in 2012-13 will not be affected. The ones who probably made the largest gains won’t affect. It will be the people who came in around the time crypto peaked.”

The HMRC stressed out that it has the upper hand in that context to claim such data. Because such kind of trading is also taxable.

“These exchanges can retain information on their clients. And it can also retain the transactions that they have completed. However, these transactions may result in potential tax charges. And HMRC has the power to issue notices requiring exchanges to provide this information.” As per sources.

The UK HMRC Tax Office is ready for crypto taxation 

The step comes based on the first detailed tax legislation directive for private cryptocurrency holders. The inspector published that last December after a thorough consultation.

The move harmonizes with what the U.S breeze regarding cryptos. However, it constitutes the complete opposite in other parts of the world. Singapore reported to have been studying the possibilities of exempting cryptocurrencies from the Value Added Tax. The term is “GST” in the country.

It is worth mentioning that taxing cryptocurrencies has given significance in financial officials’ talks and meetings, among which the G20 summit held by the end of the last year.

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