What is Bitget
Bitget is an advanced crypto trading platform offering a broad spectrum of features from spot and futures trading to margin and bot trading. Engaging with its services can help users diversify their investment portfolios and maximise returns by leveraging elite trader insights.
- Ease of use: Bitget offers a seamless user experience through both its web platform and mobile app. It makes crypto trading readily accessible to both beginners and seasoned traders.
- Wide selection of services: From futures copy trading to spot auto-invest and crypto loans, Bitget's versatile selection of services ensures that Australian investors can confidently navigate various market conditions.
- Security: Bitget is highly secure, as evidenced by its implementation of cold storage, provision of a protection fund, and commitment to maintaining at least a 1:1 reserve ratio for customer funds. This should give Australian investors peace of mind when trading cryptos.
Do you have to pay tax on crypto?
Ever since the first ATO crypto tax guidelines were introduced back in 2014, it’s been clear that crypto is taxable.
For Australian taxpayers, this means declaring all worldwide income, including gains and losses made from crypto on Bitget.
ATO tax treatment of crypto
There are two types of assessable income that your Bitget investments are taxed on in Australia:
Capital Gains Tax (CGT): You’ll end up with capital gains whenever you buy a crypto asset, and later sell it for a higher price. Capital gains and losses can result from trades, gifts, payments and many other transaction types.
Example: You purchase Polygon on Bitget and later sell it, causing a Capital Gain that is subject to CGT.
Ordinary Income: You can easily end up earning income from a number of sources such as earn programs, referrals, commissions and many more. These sources of income must be declared on your income tax return.
Example: You get a distribution on Bitget, causing Ordinary Income which must be declared.
It's important to understand your crypto taxes. Make sure you know which transaction records to save and how to figure out your taxes to stop mistakes that might flag the ATO.
Penalties for not declaring tax
The ATO, equipped with a $3.6 billion yearly budget, is responsible for Australia's tax administration. It employs a specialised Black Economy Taskforce to crack down on the shadow economy, including undeclared crypto. Failing to declare taxes in Australia carries serious penalties, including fines, interest charges, and even criminal prosecution for tax evasion.
Investors who use Bitget and avoid their tax by not declaring their gains are putting themselves at huge risk. Fortunately, Australia has one of the highest rates of tax compliance with over 93.7% of individual taxpayers fully complying with their tax obligations, so only a very small minority are trying to actively rort the system.
Being late to lodge your taxes can have consequences, damaging your standing with the ATO and the Australian Government, and heightening the risk of audits or reviews. A poor standing with the ATO can also make it tougher to acquire loans or home mortgages.
Does Bitget report transactions to the ATO?
Bitget is a legally registered entity, BG Limited, which is based in Seychelles.
The ATO has over 100 information sharing agreements, which cover almost every country and tax jurisdiction globally, to ensure no one avoids their tax.Rest-assured, they're no doubt already exchanging information with Seychelles.
In short, the ATO is going to find out about your transaction history on Bitget. Even if they don't find out about it this year, they'll find out in the very near future.
The last thing you want is the ATO coming after you for years of tax avoidance. That means it's important that you do calculate and declare your crypto gains, otherwise it’s only a matter of time before the ATO comes after you.
ATO record keeping requirements
To complete your crypto taxes each year, there’s some important records that you need to keep. Having these records will help you to calculate and declare your crypto tax, and are also your evidence if you need to prove how your crypto tax was calculated.
The ATO record keeping requirements for crypto require you to keep the following:
- receipts when you buy, transfer or dispose of crypto assets
- a record of the date of each transaction
- a record of what the transaction is for and who the other party is (this can just be their crypto asset address)
- exchange records
- a record of the value of the crypto asset in Australian dollars at the time of each transaction
- records of agent, accountant and legal costs
- digital wallet records and keys
- a record of software costs that relate to managing your tax affairs
The ATO has also advised that records should be kept for at least 5 years.
Bitget Account Statements
Bitget has made a number of account statements available to ensure you can meet your record keeping requirements. You can follow the account statement export instructions from Bitget to download a copy of the files.
You can download the following account statements from Bitget.
Your crypto tax software may also be used to satisfy the ATO record keeping requirements. Syla has been designed to satisfy Section 121.20 and Section 121.25 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, that deals with ATO record keeping requirements.
Syla is an industry-leading crypto tax software that can be used for Bitget. Syla can be used to record your transactions by File Import. Syla keeps a record of the original source data, in the exact format it appeared on your account in Bitget, ensuring you meet your record keeping obligations.
Having your records is just step one, because now you’ll need to calculate the tax outcomes for each and every transaction. You’ll need to make sure you do it accurately, or you’ll be at increased risk from the ATO.
How is crypto taxed on Bitget?
We all know that crypto is taxed, but the exact tax treatment can vary. Understanding exactly how your different crypto transactions are taxed can not only help you meet your tax obligations, but it can actually help you to make smarter investment decisions.
Important: In the following sections we are considering the tax treatment of an individual investor. If you’re a trader or a different entity such as a Company, Trust or SMSF, your tax treatment may vary.
Buy and sell crypto
When you buy crypto on Bitget, it is a purchase of a CGT asset for tax purposes. Whenever you purchase a CGT asset you must record and track the cost base.
When you later sell crypto, you’ll need to record the proceeds from the sale. By subtracting the original cost base from the proceeds, you'll be able to calculate and declare the resulting capital gain or loss.
The basic idea works like this:
- If your crypto went up: declare the increase in value as a capital gain.
- If your crypto went down: report the decrease in value as a capital loss.
- If you held crypto over 12 months: it’s eligible for the 50% CGT discount.
The calculations for CGT can get very complicated, which is why our tax team wrote an in-depth guide on how to calculate CGT on crypto.
Buy crypto with debit or credit card
Bitget offers a convenient way to buy crypto using a debit or credit card. In Australia, purchasing crypto by card is not an immediate taxable event by itself. However, when you do later sell the crypto, it will result in a capital gain or loss.
If you purchased crypto using a debit or credit card than you should also consider the transaction fees that you paid on the purchase, as these can be quite high. You'll be pleased to know that the transaction fees can actually help reduce your tax when they are declared correctly.
Transaction fees related to the purchase of a crypto investment can be added to the cost base, which reduces the resulting capital gain when you later sell. In practice, claiming the transaction fees will reduce your capital gain. Make sure you declare all the transaction fees related to your crypto investments for the best tax outcomes.
The earn program on Bitget allows you to generate interest on your crypto holdings. By transferring eligible crypto into the earn program, you will generate regular interest payments that add to your crypto holdings. You can think of it like earning interest in a bank account, except for your crypto.
Just like interest in your bank account, you must also calculate and declare the crypto that you earned in the earn program. For each crypto payout, you'll need to calculate the market value in AUD and declare it as ordinary income in your tax return. You’ll also need to track the cost base of the CGT asset, so you can declare the capital gain or loss when you sell it in the future.
Tracking daily crypto earn payouts can be a chore, and it’s easy to end up with hundreds, if not thousands of transactions, all of which are taxable. When selecting crypto tax software, make sure you check the cost-effectiveness based on the number of transactions you have, and pick one that can handle thousands for an affordable price.
Crypto derivatives are financial instruments whose value is derived from the price of an underlying cryptocurrency. They are distinct from actual cryptocurrencies and are designed to allow investors to speculate on price movements without owning the actual asset.
You can trade the following types of derivatives on Bitget:
- Perpetual Futures
In Australia, the tax treatment of crypto derivatives is very different to the tax treatment of actual crypto assets.
When you trade derivative contracts for profit, the resulting gains or losses are generally treated as ordinary income. The most import difference you need to know, is that derivatives are not eligible for the CGT discount.
Margin trading on Bitget allows you to borrow fiat or crypto to use in your trading. Margin trading allows you to buy or sell more than you normally would.
By borrowing crypto and selling it, you can short the market and profit from a drop in price. By borrowing fiat and using it to buy crypto, you can go long and profit from an increase in price.f
Margin trading is treated differently to derivative contracts such as futures. The reason for the difference in tax treatment is because when margin trading, you do own the actual asset
Because you own the asset when margin trading, your crypto is still subject to Capital Gains Tax when you acquired it for an investment purpose. It’s even possible for your crypto to be eligible for the CGT discount if you held it over 12 months.
How to do your Bitget taxes
By now, you've likely realised there can be a lot to crypto tax, and getting it done correctly can be tricky. Let’s find out how you can actually get your Bitget tax sorted.
ATO tax lodgement deadline
Our Australian financial year starts on the 1 July and ends on the 30 June each year, and you can prepare and lodge your tax return anytime after the 30 June up to 31 October.
The tax deadline for individual taxpayers is 31 October. Once you go past that date, your tax return is overdue, and your risk of penalties is increasing.
There is one way that you can easily extend your lodgement deadline though. You can receive an extended lodgement deadline till 15 May when lodging through a registered tax agent.
Some taxpayers find themselves with years of overdue tax returns. Unfortunately, the problem won’t just go away by ignoring it, and it’s only getting bigger in the meantime. With the ATO no doubt using the data collected from Bitget more effectively each year, it’s only a matter of time before they catch up with you.
If you do have overdue tax returns, then it’s always worth working with a good tax accountant. They’ll be able to help you get your tax affairs back up to date. In many cases, investors can even end up receiving tax refunds from years of unlodged tax returns.
Self-lodge vs using an Accountant
When lodging your tax return, there’s two ways to go about it. Self-lodge yourself through myTax (myGov), or by lodging through a tax agent.
Self-lodging your tax return is definitely more affordable, as it means you don’t have to pay for an accountant. However, you’ll need to be much more careful about how you calculate and declare your tax outcomes. Follow our comprehensive guide to self-lodging your crypto tax.
Using an Accountant does cost more, but it will save you a lot of headache, and you won’t have to worry whether your tax return was done correctly. You’ll also have someone you can ask questions and get tax advice from. If your crypto activity is particularly complex, then it might be worth looking at a crypto tax specialist to help you.
Regardless of which approach you take, you’ll need some type of tax software for recording your crypto transactions and calculating the tax outcomes.
If you’re an Australian taxpayer, then it’s advisable to use tax software built specifically for Australia, otherwise the tax calculations may not be done correctly, putting you at risk with the ATO
How to select crypto tax software
When it comes to managing crypto taxes in Australia, choosing the right software is crucial for compliance and ease of use.
Tax regulations and compliance requirements vary significantly across jurisdictions, and what works in one country may not be suitable in another. Australian crypto investors need tax software that is specifically tailored to the unique aspects of Australian tax law. It's essential that the software not only calculates these taxes accurately but also updates its tax logic as tax laws evolve.
Ensure the crypto tax software is built specifically for Australia. Otherwise you may declare your tax incorrectly or overpay more tax than required.
You should also check for the software’s ability to integrate with popular Australian and international crypto exchanges. Having good support for Bitget is a must, but you should also consider any other platforms you trade on.
Quality integrations are vital for maintaining accurate and complete records of all your crypto activities.
Crypto tax is complex, so having software that is user-friendly and intuitive will be a big help. Look for software that generates detailed, ATO-compliant reports which can be directly used for tax filings or shared with your accountant. You should also consider the level of customer support offered, and whether it's actually coming from an Australian support team.
If you don't have tax software for your crypto yet, then sign up for an account with Syla. It's the only tax software built exclusively for Australian crypto investors, and it has an industry-leading tax integration for Bitget
Using crypto tax software
Crypto tax software is designed to make doing your crypto taxes much simpler. The software will calculate all the tax outcomes for you, so you only need to import your transactions, make any edits as required, and download your final crypto tax report. All the complicated tax calculations are automatically done for you.
It’s really easy using Syla to do your crypto tax:
- Get started with a free account.
- Add Bitget as a data source and import your transactions.
- Add any other platforms and wallets.
- Review your transactions.
- Download your Crypto Tax Report.
Syla does all the heavy lifting for you. Your transactions will be imported and the tax calculations will be done for you. When using LTFO tax optimisation you can even achieve lower tax outcomes than you normally would.
Once you've downloaded your crypto tax report from Syla, you can either give it to your tax agent, or you can use it to self-lodge your own tax return.
Importing transactions from Bitget
The first step to getting your crypto tax sorted is to import your transactions from Bitget.
Syla has an industry-leading tax integration with Bitget. You can use the File Import in Syla.
Using a File Import is an effective way to import all your transactions on Bitget as it’s safe and easy to do.
If you get stuck, we also have an Assisted File Import process.
Download your crypto tax report
Once you have all your transactions imported into Syla, you can view them, make edits if needed and import any other Data Sources that you have.
After you’re happy with everything, you can download your Crypto Tax Report.
ATO crypto tax report
Tax software for Bitget
It's very difficult to correctly calculate all the tax outcomes of your crypto by hand unless you're a tax accountant.
If you are using a tax accountant, then you probably don’t want them doing it by hand either, as it's going to take a long time and cost a lot.
That’s where using crypto tax software can save you a lot of time and money, that you'd rather spend doing something else. 😊
Syla is the only crypto tax software designed specifically and only for Australia. Syla not only calculates all your tax outcomes to ensure you are ATO compliant, but it also optimises your tax to ensure you pay the lowest crypto tax legally possible, saving you both time and money.
- Best value - $59 AUD for 10,000 transactions.
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