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South Korea Is Imposing An Income Tax Of 20% On Cryptocurrency Transactions

Jun 1, 2021

From next year onwards, every crypto transaction will be charged 20% as officials made their decisions public. Any bond or stock investors securing a capital gain of more than $45,000 will be taxed in 2022. Even the non-sales-based transfer will be fall under inheritance tax that could end up at 50%.

Although the request for delay and backlash is expected by the investors, the plan will move ahead as scheduled. However, a substantial number of investors are complaining about being exclusively targeted and inquiring why the recent taxes are not enforced on the stock market as well. While there is significant dissatisfaction with the recent move by the crypto investors, according to a study, residents of South Korea are supporting the latest tax.

The announcement was issued earlier this year in an interagency meeting overseen by Yoon-Cheol.

The most recent regulation will categorize earnings from crypto dealings as miscellaneous income and will be taxed under new regulations. The investors will now have to file the digital asset gains in their income taxes. Authorities have gone so far as to call FSC to put a stop to wrongdoing in the digital asset market.

More than 600 people are accused of evading taxes, which has resulted in Seoul regulators seizing the accused assets. The accused group accounts for roughly $25b of South Korea’s tax gap. As a result of the clampdown, exchanges that lie under Korea’s laws will have to share transaction and trade records.

The digital asset tax rule was in motion for quite a while now

As many of the crypto investors protest regarding the law, the announcement should not have come as a surprise. As just recently, the country’s finance minister stated, the government will move ahead with the tax plan.

The finance minister repeated his stance on how digital assets cannot be considered as currencies and that there is no way to ensure the market worth of digital assets. The minister stated the capital gain generated causes a taxation inequality, and to encourage, tax equality the law was put in place.

Currently, government taxes the profit generated from impalpable assets. Whereas cryptocurrencies are considered intangible assets following international accounting laws. The minister even went to say cryptocurrencies remain just digital assets and hence possess no tangible value.

Moreover, the scrutinizing of digital assets does not stop here. Authorities are thinking of preventing digital-asset-adjacent business operators from transacting to stop the price manipulation. Currently, according to FSC, 60 companies lie on these restrictions.

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