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Australian Taxation Office will collect data and taxes from crypto holders


www.chepicap.com 30 April 2019 15:00, UTC
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Crypto holders and traders from Australia or those based there better be on good terms with their national tax agency, the ATO, judging from the latest efforts it has engaged into.

According to a press release published today, the ATO has started collecting bulk records from Australian designated service providers (that is, exchanges and other firms operating with crypto). The controlling effort could affect anywhere between 500,000 to one million Australians, as that is the wide estimate which the ATO works with.

The goal of the tax collector is, unsurprisingly, to carry on a data matching program which will hopefully help them in determining if taxpayer´s declarations are correct, or if crypto holders are dodging their fiscal responsibilities.

Will Day, deputy commissioner of the ATO, valued the strategy as follows:

“The ATO uses third party data to improve the integrity of the tax system by identifying taxpayers who fail to disclose their income details correctly. We also use third-party data to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations through pre-filling of tax returns. This data will be collected under notice from the DSPs on an ongoing basis,”

Other regulators will be aiding the ATO as well, namely the Australian Transaction Records and Analysis Centre, and the Australian Securities and Investment Comission.

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