Bitcoin Taxation would be implemented on 2 things in Australia, personal consumption and speculative gain
In Australia if the original cost of Bitcoin purchase is under $10000 (AUD) then gain would be exempted from bitcoin Taxation because that would be considered as personal consumption under threshold level of 10K
Bitcoin price is sky rocketing and with that many countries around the world are trying to bring gains from Bitcoin in Tax net, some of those countries have been successful in this while others are waiting for any clarity from experts to understand this technology in a better way, countries like Japan and South Korea have been way ahead from other countries to acknowledge this technology, Canada and Australia are also on the right track along with United States
Bitcoin Taxation structure in Australia
If you are living in Australia and holding a Bitcoin then bitcoin Taxation would depend upon the purpose of holding Bitcoin, According to Australian Taxation Office, there are broadly two reasons for purchasing Bitcoin: personal consumption and speculative gain.
How you are taxed will depend on which category you fall into and, most importantly, how the ATO will view your activity.
Above all, every single transaction needs to be fully documented, including not only “what”‘ is purchased, but “why” it was purchased.
Here’s the Official announcement by Australian Taxation Office
If your intention in purchasing Bitcoin is to use it to buy goods or services for personal consumption, then any profit from resale will be assessable as a capital gain.
Official words by ATO
Transacting with bitcoin is akin to a barter arrangement, with similar tax consequences. Our view is that bitcoin is neither money nor a foreign currency, and the supply of bitcoin is not a financial supply for goods and services tax (GST) purposes. Bitcoin is, however, an asset for capital gains tax (CGT) purposes.
You need to keep the following records for bitcoin transactions:
- the date of the transactions
- the amount in Australian dollars (which can be taken from a reputable online exchange)
- what the transaction was for
- who the other party was (even if it’s just their bitcoin address).
Using bitcoin for personal transactions
Generally, there will be no income tax or GST implications if you are not in business or carrying on an enterprise and you simply pay for goods or services in bitcoin (for example, acquiring personal goods or services on the internet using bitcoin).
Where you use bitcoin to purchase goods or services for personal use or consumption, any capital gain or loss from disposal of the bitcoin will be disregarded (as a personal use asset) provided the cost of the bitcoin is $10,000 or less.
Using bitcoin for business transactions
If you receive bitcoin for goods or services you provide as part of your business, you will need to record the value in Australian dollars as part of your ordinary income. This is the same process as receiving non-cash consideration under a barter transaction. The value in Australian dollars will be the fair market value which can be obtained from a reputable bitcoin exchange, for example.
When receiving bitcoin in return for goods and services, a business may be charged GST on that bitcoin. If the supply of the goods and services was a taxable supply, the business will be able to claim input tax credits on the GST charged on the bitcoin they received as payment.
Crypto market stabilizing gradually
Crypto market is stabilizing around $450 billion market cap after gradual increase in overall value in recent weeks.
Leading crypto currencies are on the rise, lead by Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Ripple. Although increase in bitcoin value is less as compared to other crypto currencies but overall market is on rise with current market of $440 billion.
Bitcoin is currently hovering around the $9300 mark after being rejected at $10000 mark couple of times in last days, Ethereum is on the charge as well but the most surprising one is Bitcoin cash. Bitcoin cash was at $600 couple of weeks ago and now at $1600, shows rapid growth in recent weeks.
Crypto currency of the month has to be EOS, investors of EOS are enjoying a massive rise in value in past few weeks, EOS started April at $5 mark and now is at $18 , value of EOS increased more than 3 times within one month.
Current top 5 crypto currencies
- Bitcoin : $9388
- Ethereum: $741
- Ripple: $0.83
- Bitcoin Cash: $1630
- EOS: $18.28
Take a Crypto Pill
Crypto market is crashing, we all know that, panic sellers are taking over the market with massive sell-off. You can’t control that, just calm down and take a Crypto Pill to make things easy.
Crypto Pill is the term being used by industry leaders to make things calm down from recent fiasco, yesterday a leaked news from CFTC about Bitfinex and Tether made things even more difficult for crypto traders, short sellers went all into the market with massive short bets, and they won, Bitcoin price slipped below $10000 level to as low as $9500, but later on recovered to $10K , but selling pressure is still there.
First South Korea and now US
First it was South Korea, the country with massive trading volumes in crypto market, they announced to ban anonymous crypto trading and ban took place effective from 30th Jan 2018, then a sudden news came from US market when Bloomberg broke the news that US financial regulatory authority CFTC investigating Tether and Bitfinex, but later on it was confirmed that news was from December last year, which made market calm down a little bit after all that tension and hype about US crackdown on crypto currencies.
HODLers will take over market soon
Despite of all this fiasco, Hodlers are still holding their Crypto currencies, they are not giving up and they holding for their dear life, it is very much possible that they take over this market in near future, making another uptrend in coming months.
Venezuela is the cheapest country to mine Bitcoin
Cost of mining one Bitcoin in Venezuela is just $531
Most expensive country to mine Bitcoin is South Korea, where cost of mining one bitcoin is $26,170
After recent crackdown by Chinese Government on Bitcoin miners, most talked about topic in bitcoin community is that which country would Chinese Bitcoin miners chose to shift, as many research firms were working to find the best possible option for the miners, one of the best option is Venezuela, where cost of mining one bitcoin is the cheapest, just $531, as compared to China where cost of mining one bitcoin $3172.
Others with lower costs are Bangladesh, Belarus, Paraguay, Serbia and Trinidad & Tobago. The most expensive is South Korea at $26,170 per coin. The U.S. cost is $4,675.
Calculations for the amount of energy consumed were based on the average usage of three popular types of mining equipment: the AntMiner S7, the AntMiner S9 and the Avalon.
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