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South Korea Postpones Crypto Income Tax

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye receives a standing ovation while addressing a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in Washington May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)

South Korea is one of those countries where cryptocurrency is on a boom in the last few years. There are banks in the country which over cryptocurrency transactions and beaches in Busan are also crypto friendly.

However, in a recent switch, South Korea postponed the much in talk crypto income tax which was soon to be place in business for the citizens in the country. The lawmakers have, however, postponed the decision from October 2021 to January 2022.

The South Korean congress plans to put off the recently considered cryptocurrency income tax rule. A planning and finance committee of the National Assembly has issued a report, which proposes the necessity of implementing the crypto income tax rule from at least 2022.

A few months ago, in July, a report stated that South Korea’s Minister of Finance and Economy believes that the country should come up with a tax on cryptocurrency trading and investing. Back then, he added that South Korea has been in discussion with other countries about introducing a new digital law.

In July 2020, the country’s Ministry of Economy and Finance amended its tax code, where it included the plan for charging residents a 20% tax on gains from cryptocurrency trading, which are worth more than 2.5 million Korean won (about $2,000).

Lawmakers in the National Assembly are to approve the Government’s plan, which was to carry into effect the cryptocurrency income tax rule from October 2021.

As per the media report, the reason for the postponement of the crypto tax law is based on some concerns, raised by local crypto exchanges. They have claimed the lack of time to build their proper tax reporting system and infrastructure, needful for the process to begin.

The so-called “Specific Financial Information Act” would be enforced from March next year, so crypto exchanges have to complete the necessary reporting system by September 2021 for verifying their real names of deposit withdrawal accounts.

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