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10:25, 21 August 2018

South Africa’s Tax Agency Targets Tax-Evading Cryptocurrency Traders


South Africa’s Tax Agency Targets Tax-Evading Cryptocurrency Traders


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South Africa&rsquos tax agency is searching into approaches for identifying tax-dodging cryptocurrency traders, the acting head of the authority has revealed.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is studying techniques to spot non-compliant cryptocurrency traders in order to investigate any situation of failure to declare earnings from investments, acting Commissioner Mark Kingon said whilst speaking at the Institute of Internal Auditors SA conference in Johannesburg recently.

As reported by Fin 24, the official explained the need to have to recognize crypto traders, stating:

&ldquoThe key thing is identifying men and women who are trading since it&rsquos easy to say cryptocurrency gains should be deductible, but there are also these who lose. That&rsquos why it&rsquos important to recognize the trader.&rdquo

A noncompliant trader would be investigated soon after becoming identified, the official remarked, pointing to a money trail by suggesting that most traders employed credit cards to acquire into cryptocurrencies.

Kingon stated even though tax authority had specific approaches&ndash with no any specifics beyond hunting into credit card purchases- of identifying cryptocurrency traders, it lacked an efficient clear-cut way of combating tax evasion because traders also engage in activity outdoors the nation whilst some transact with foreign bank accounts.

&ldquo[I]n terms of the broader reporting, the typical reporting standards, nation by country, (guarantees) the planet is getting smaller and we are obtaining far much more people transacting in foreign jurisdiction,&rdquo Kingon additional said, suggesting SARS would soon have the signifies to snoop into transactions in foreign bank accounts due to info-sharing practices.

&ldquoI consider it is a matter of time, but it will allow us to do much better,&rdquo he added.

SARS has pinned the responsibility directly on traders and miners to declare cryptocurrency gains or losses as component of their taxable revenue under common guidelines. Capital crypto gains or losses from mining, trading, buying cryptocurrencies by means of exchanges and even their usage in payments are all to be accounted for, the agency told taxpayers in a public notice in April this year.

As reported by CCN at the time, the taxation agency warned:

The onus is on taxpayers to declare all cryptocurrency-connected taxable earnings in the tax year in which it is received or accrued. Failure to do so could result in interest and penalties.

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Published at Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:58:27 +0000


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