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You can easily get your HardBlock taxes done in Syla, ensuring you pay the lowest tax on your bitcoin legally possible.

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What is HardBlock

HardBlock is an Australian bitcoin exchange that focuses exclusively on bitcoin investments for Australians. The platform was first established in 2014 and is designed to assist users in purchasing, selling, and securely holding bitcoin.

Some of the biggest benefits for Australian investors include:

  • Automated DCA - Set an automated process for depositing money from your bank account directly to your bitcoin wallet.
  • Self-Custody - HardBlock encourages self-custody of bitcoin, providing users with a high level of control over their bitcoin.
  • Customer Service and Community - Excellent customer service through real interactions with people, while also engaging with the wider bitcoin community through initiatives such as sponsoring the Australian Bitcoin Podcast.

How is bitcoin taxed on HardBlock

Ever since the first ATO bitcoin tax guidelines were introduced back in 2014, it’s been clear that bitcoin is taxable. As an Australian taxpayer, you are legally required to declare your local and worldwide income, including your bitcoin gains and losses on HardBlock.

There are two types of assessable income that your bitcoin investments are taxed on in Australia:

  • Capital Gains Tax - You’ll end up with capital gains whenever you purchase bitcoin, and later sell it for a higher price. Capital gains and losses can result from trades, swaps, gifts and many other transaction types.
  • Ordinary Income - You can easily end up earning income from a number of sources such as affiliate commissions. These sources of income also need to be declared on your income tax return.

Tax on bitcoin is complicated, which is why most tax professionals recommend using crypto tax software to automate the tax calculations for you. That way you won’t make mistakes that could trigger an ATO audit.

To learn everything there is to know about tax in bitcoin in Australia, read our ultimate crypto tax guide.

Does HardBlock report transactions to the ATO

HardBlock is an AUSTRAC registered Digital Currency Exchange (DCE). As an AUSTRAC registered DCE, HardBlock must 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, the digital currency exchange must provide transaction data of their users to the ATO when requested.

In short, the ATO knows your transaction history on HardBlock. You’ll know the ATO has your bitcoin transaction data, as it will show in the prefill report on your tax return.

What your tax agent can see on your prefill report for your tax return
What your tax agent can see on your prefill report for your tax return

The ATO is only getting smarter at analysing bitcoin transactions. Even if your bitcoin transactions don’t show up on your prefill it’s still important that you do calculate and declare your bitcoin gains, otherwise it’s only a matter of time before the ATO comes knocking.

How to do your HardBlock taxes

Our Australian financial year starts on the 1 July and ends on the 30 June each year. You can prepare and lodge your tax return after the 30 June.

You have until the 31 October to lodge your individual tax return, or you can get an extended lodgement deadline till 15 May when lodging through a registered tax agent.

There are three ways you can complete your tax return for bitcoin:

  1. Do it yourself by hand in a spreadsheet. 😭
  2. Provide your transaction statements to your tax agent / accountant.
  3. Use crypto tax software to automate the calculations and optimise for lower tax.

If you decide to do it yourself by hand, then you will need to be very careful to track the individual cost base of each bitcoin investment, and calculate the capital gain or loss on each disposal. This might be okay if you only have a handful of transactions. 👍

Otherwise, you can use Syla to do your HardBlock tax report and tax optimisation:

  1. Get started with a free Syla account.
  2. Import your transactions into Syla by following the instructions below.
  3. Download your Crypto Tax Report to give to your tax agent or use it to lodge your tax return yourself.

Importing your HardBlock transaction data into Syla

To get your HardBlock bitcoin taxes sorted, you’ll need to import your transaction history into Syla. On HardBlock it’s really easy to import your transactions into Syla using:

✅ CSV file import

Syla will automatically process and classify your bitcoin transactions, making your crypto tax simple and easy to solve.

Before starting
You’ll need an account on Syla to get started with your transaction import. You can easily sign up for a free account here to get going.

CSV file import - how to get tax statement from HardBlock

You can download the following CSV transaction files from HardBlock and import them directly into Syla:

  • Transactions History Report (CSV)

Follow these instructions to download your transaction statements from HardBlock:

  1. Login to your HardBlock account.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Statements.
  3. Under the Transaction History Report section, click Email Report.
  4. Check your email and download the attached file.
  5. Upload your Transaction History CSV to Syla and click import.
HardBlock CSV Instructions 1

Pay the lowest tax on your bitcoin and save the hassle

It's very difficult to correctly calculate all the tax outcomes of your bitcoin by hand unless you're a tax professional.

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 cryptocurrency tax software can save you a lot of time that you’d rather spend doing something else. 😊

Syla is the only tax software for bitcoin that has been 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 tax legally possible, saving you both time and money.

  • Best value - $59 AUD for 10,000 transactions.
  • Absolute certainty - purpose-built for Australian tax law.
  • Maximise your tax savings - using Syla’s proprietary LTFO method.

👉 get started for free in Syla.

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The information in this article reflects our understanding of existing legislation, proposed legislation, rulings and other tax law, as at the date of issue. In some cases, the information has been provided to us by third parties. While it is believed the information is accurate and reliable, this is not guaranteed in any way.

The information provided in this article is purely factual in nature and does not constitute tax advice, financial product advice or legal advice. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, comprehensive or a substitute for professional advice on specific circumstances. If you require professional advice that takes into account your particular circumstances, you should consult an appropriate professional.