What is Crypto.com
Crypto.com is a leading cryptocurrency platform that offers a seamless solution for buying, trading, and spending cryptocurrencies. It's trusted by over 80 million users worldwide and maintains the industry's most comprehensive insurance coverage.
- High security: Crypto.com puts a high priority on security, passing rigorous compliance and security certifications for peace of mind, and offering full insurance coverage.
- Versatile use: The platform not only allows users to trade and store cryptocurrencies, it also offers Visa cards for spending crypto, and opportunities to earn interest on holdings.
- Easy access: With the ability to buy and sell a wide variety of cryptocurrencies with Australian Dollars, it offers easy access for Australian investors to enter the crypto market.
Do you have to pay tax on crypto?
Since 2014, when the ATO first introduced guidelines on crypto taxes, it's been obvious to all that crypto must be declared in your taxes.
As a taxpayer in Australia, you're legally required to report all your earnings whether it's a local or overseas platform. This includes crypto gains and losses on Crypto.com.
ATO tax treatment of crypto
There are two types of assessable income that your Crypto.com investments are taxed on in Australia:
Capital Gains Tax (CGT): You’ll end up with capital gains whenever you purchase a crypto asset, and later sell it for a higher price. Capital gains and losses can result from trades, payments, gifts and many other types of transactions.
Example: You buy Litecoin on Crypto.com and later sell it, creating a Capital Gain that you must declare CGT on.
Ordinary Income: You can easily end up earning income from a variety of sources such as earn programs, referrals, staking and many more. These sources of income must be declared on your income tax return.
Example: You get a distribution on Crypto.com, causing Ordinary Income which must be declared.
Dealing with crypto taxes can be confusing. Remember to keep the right documents and learn how to do your taxes properly. This way, you won't make errors that will trigger an audit from the ATO.
Penalties for not declaring tax
The ATO has an annual $3.6 billion budget for administering Australia's tax system. Its Black Economy Taskforce plays a key role in fighting tax evasion, ensuring everyone pays their fair share. Australians who don't declare their taxes face severe consequences, including penalties, interest, fines, and the risk of criminal prosecution for tax evasion.
Australians who use Crypto.com and avoid declaring their profits are facing significant risk. Thankfully, Australia boasts one of the highest tax compliance rates, with over 93.7% of individuals fully meeting their tax responsibilities, indicating that only very few are actively trying to cheat the system.
Even being late to lodge your tax can be risky, putting you into bad standing with the ATO and the Australian Government, and increasing the likelihood of a review or audit. You’ll also find it much harder to get a loan or borrow for a home mortgage.
Does Crypto.com report transactions to the ATO?
Crypto.com is an Australian registered entity, FORIS DAX AU PTY LTD (ABN 76 640 692 735). As an Australian digital currency exchange, it's a legal requirement for Crypto.com to register with AUSTRAC, perform KYC and know the identity of their customers. This is important for preventing scammers and criminal activity.
Since 2019 the ATO has been operating a data sharing program with Australian Digital Currency Exchanges. Under the data sharing program, Crypto.com must provide transaction data of their users to the ATO.
In short, the ATO knows about your transaction history on Crypto.com.
You’ll know the ATO has your crypto transaction data, as it will show in the prefill report on your tax return. That means it's important that you do calculate and declare your crypto gains, otherwise it’s only a matter of time before you end up under audit by the ATO.
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.
Crypto.com Account Statements
Crypto.com has made an account statement export available to ensure you can meet your record keeping requirements. You can follow the account statement export instructions from Crypto.com to download a copy of the files.
You can download the following account statements from Crypto.com.
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 Crypto.com. 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 Crypto.com, 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 Crypto.com?
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 Crypto.com, 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.
The earn program on Crypto.com 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.com offers a crypto affiliate program. As a participant in this program, you can earn rewards by referring new customers to Crypto.com. Whenever someone signs up for Crypto.com using your referral link and begins trading, you'll receive a commission based on a percentage of the trading fees generated, which gets credited directly to your Swyftx account.
Any income earned through the Crypto.com affiliate program must be reported for tax purposes. The ATO views these earnings as income, similar to income from a job or other business activity. If the commission is paid in crypto, its value in AUD at the time of receipt must be reported. This income will be subject to your regular income tax rate.
It's important to keep track of all your affiliate earnings for accurate reporting during the tax season. Document the date of each commission, the amount in AUD, and any transaction details. This information is crucial for accurately declaring the income in your tax return. Be mindful that cryptocurrency values can fluctuate, so it's important to record the AUD value at the time of earning the commission.
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are similar to other cryptocurrencies, but differ in one regard, referred to as fungibility, which simply means that each NFT is individually unique and has it's own properties and corresponding market value.
In Australia, the ATO treats NFTs as CGT assets that subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT). It works exactly the same as CGT for traditional cryptocurrencies, where any gain made from the sale of an NFT is taxable and must be declared.
Taxing NFTs does however present some practical challenges. Due to their inherent uniqueness, each NFT has its own individual market value, which isn't readily available. This uniqueness makes tax calculations complex, as they often rely on market value data.
NFTs also don't allow for the use of parcel matching algorithms that could optimise for lower taxes. When an NFT is sold, you can’t pick and choose which NFT was sold, the exact asset sold is already known.
GST: For those registered for GST (Goods and Services Tax), it is important to note that NFTs are not classified as a digital currency for GST purposes and are instead subject to standard GST rules.
Latest ATO advice on Crypto.com
If you want to know what the ATO thinks about your investments on Crypto.com, then you should read some of their latest advice. Here's some of the ATO's most recent tax guidance on Crypto.com.
How to do your Crypto.com 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 Crypto.com 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 Crypto.com 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 Crypto.com 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 Crypto.com
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 Crypto.com 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 Crypto.com
The first step to getting your crypto tax sorted is to import your transactions from Crypto.com.
Syla has an industry-leading tax integration with Crypto.com. You can use the File Import in Syla.
Using a File Import is an effective way to import all your transactions on Crypto.com 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 Crypto.com
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.
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