Cryptocurrency Tax

  • August 27, 2021

Cryptocurrency Tax

With the increasing popularity of bitcoin and Crypto assets, cryptocurrency tax is becoming a source of increasing concern for investors, dealers, and enterprises.

In addition, the government's tax collection agency, HMRC, has taken notice of the rapid increase in crypto-assets and is working hard to ensure that all firms, investors, and dealers are paying the right amount of tax on them. Therefore, any business operating in this area must ensure that its tax affairs are properly set up in an effective manner while keeping in compliance with HMRC regulations. Any penalties and fines, as well as any unexpected tax obligations, may be avoided in this manner.

Because cryptocurrency/crypto-asset tax regulations are still in their early stages, it is critical to stay on top of the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field. Accordingly, when evaluating whether or not there is a taxable responsibility, HMRC will consider the circumstances of each particular instance, and its opinions on the subject may change as the industry continues to develop.

Trading, investors, and companies may benefit from the professional team's expertise at Kryptechs Solution, which has extensive experience dealing with the tax concerns involving crypto-assets and bitcoin. Your affairs will be organized appropriately, in the most tax-effective manner, and will comply with HMRC if you work with us. Also, we can assist you with any ongoing HMRC investigations and, by ensuring that you stay compliant, we can reduce the probability of any future investigations being initiated against you.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our professional team if you would like to discuss how we may help you.

Which Taxes are Levied on Cryptocurrency and Crypto assets?

The term "cryptocurrency" refers to virtual or digital currencies that, to conduct financial transactions, rely on cryptographic operations and are not regulated by a central authority. They achieve this decentralization via the use of blockchain technology.

Cryptoassets are assets that are held on distributed ledgers. In addition to cryptocurrencies, this comprises non-currency assets such as utility tokens and security tokens.

The purchasing and selling of crypto-assets do not fall under the category of gambling, according to HMRC.

When crypto assets are received as a form of (non-cash) payment from an employer, you will usually be responsible for Income Tax and National Insurance payments on such assets. From airdrops to transaction confirmation to mining.

Bitcoin and other crypto-assets are considered as property for the purposes of inheritance tax.

Income tax Crypto assets
1.Financial Trading of Crypto assets

HMRC assesses tax on crypto assets depending on the activities of the person who owns them. For example, if they are engaged in commercial activity, income tax is levied on the profits of the trade holders.

When it is determined that a person is trading in crypto assets, Income Tax takes precedence over Capital Gains Tax, and gains and losses will be taxed in the same manner as if the individuals are operating a legitimate company.

The determination of whether an individual's crypto-asset actions constitute a trade depends on several variables, many of which are complicated. This is an area in which professional advice can be beneficial, both in terms of understanding the problem and, if required, in dealing with the Revenue & Customs. At Kryptechs Solution, we can assess your specific situation and provide you with solutions.

2.Taxation on Crypto asset Mining

Individuals are often rewarded with crypto assets via the process of mining, which is the process of verifying additions to the blockchain digital ledger.

If crypto assets are received as trade receipts and are considered taxable transactions, the manner in which they are taxed depends on many different factors. These include the following:

  • The company or organization.
  • The risk that is involved.
  • The activity's economic viability.
  • The degree of the activity.

The value of any crypto assets granted, determined in pounds sterling at the time of receipt of any crypto assets awarded, is taxed as miscellaneous income in cases where this is not considered a trade.

If these awarded crypto assets are held by a person and then sold, the individual may be subject to Capital Gains Tax on the sale of the crypto assets.

Taxation on Airdrops from Crypto assets

When crypto assets are airdropped and received in a personal capacity, income tax may or may not be levied on the income received.

If the tokens are received without any action on the part of the recipient in exchange for them and are not obtained as part of a transaction or enterprise involving crypto assets or mining, income tax may not be applicable.

As a result of providing a service, airdrops are liable to Revenue Tax as miscellaneous income or as proceeds from an existing business, depending on the circumstances.

When you sell a crypto asset that you acquired via an airdrop, you will be subject to Capital Gains Tax. However, it will be more important to pay Income Tax than to pay Capital Gains Tax since changes in value will be considered in the computation of trading gains.

Taxation of Crypto assets Obtained as Earning

Crypto assets obtained as earning are considered money's worth since they can be turned into cash or something that has direct monetary value. Because of this, the value of crypto assets is liable to Income Tax and National Insurance payments based on the value of the asset.

Crypto assets given in the form of Readily Convertible Assets are subject to tax (RCAs)

Crypto assets are classified as RCAs when a trade agreement between the parties occurs because exchange tokens may be exchanged for money on token exchanges. HMRC rules that trading arrangements exist (or are likely to exist) at the point when employment income is received in crypto assets at the time of receipt.

Employers having a tax presence in the United Kingdom (UK) are required to deduct an account to HMRC for Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance payments payable via PAYE.

Taxation on crypto assets that are not readily convertible

They are liable to Income Tax and National Insurance payments in cases when these crypto-assets are received as employment income.

It is not necessary for employers to use PAYE in this situation. Instead, a person must disclose and pay the Income Tax due to HMRC on the proceeds of such crypto assets via a Self Assessment Form available online.

On the other hand, the employer should regard these payments as payments in kind to calculate National Insurance contributions and pay any Class 1A National Insurance contributions to HMRC.

Individuals who are employed rather than self-employed are exempt from these laws, as previously stated.

Token disposal

Any future sale of a crypto asset acquired via employment may result in a chargeable gain for Capital Gains Tax if the asset is sold for a higher price than it was purchased for.

Tax returns filed on a self-employed basis

Crypto assets are traded on exchanges that do not accept the pound sterling as a form of payment (such as Bitcoins). Therefore, it is necessary to convert the value of these assets into pound sterling on a Self Assessment tax return to determine the amount of any gain or loss that has occurred.

It is necessary to set an appropriate exchange rate to convert the transaction from one cryptocurrency to another in cases when the transaction does not have a pound sterling value, such as when it has been exchanged for one cryptocurrency into another.

Taxation of cryptocurrencies: Further considerations
Non-domiciled people and the taxation of cryptocurrencies

If a person is a resident of the United Kingdom, HMRC considers any exchange tokens that they own as a beneficial owner to be situated in the United Kingdom and so subject to UK tax obligations.

When a resident is a non-domiciled taxpayer in the United Kingdom, any exchange tokens they own as a beneficial owner are generally exempt from UK taxation.

When an exchange token is co-owned by at least two beneficial owners, each beneficial owner's stake is determined by the state in which they live. If at least one of these co-owners is a resident of the United Kingdom, the location of the asset does not change for those co-owners who are not residents of the United Kingdom.

Transfer of Wealth Tax (also known as Inheritance Tax)

Crypto Assets are considered to be property for Inheritance Tax laws. Therefore, they will be subject to the same inheritance tax obligations, and inheritance tax planning should be considered.

Pensions and cryptocurrencies are subject to taxation

It is impossible to make a tax-deductible contribution to a registered pension plan using crypto assets since the HMRC does not regard crypto assets as a form of cash or money. Advice on tax planning regarding a pension should be obtained if a person has or is considering holding cryptocurrencies as an investment as part of their pension.

Every tax consultant at Kryptechs Solution is fully competent, guaranteeing that we can give professional advice to help you reduce your tax liability as much as possible while still keeping you on the right side of HMRC's rules and regulations. Register for your free consultation.

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