South Korea Postpones 20% Crypto Tax Policy to 2022

Wednesday 02 December 2020, 7:10 AM AEST - 1 month ago

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South Korea has delayed the enforcement of its crypto tax law until the start of 2022 providing ample time for exchanges to create the necessary machinery for accurate cryptocurrency financial reporting. The news also finalizes the countrys tax plan after months of speculation concerning levying taxes on virtual currency trading gains.

South Koreas Crypto Tax Coming in 2022

According to a report by Yonhap on Tuesday (Dec. 1, 2020), South Koreas parliament has officially postponed the enactment of its crypto tax policy until 2022. Back in November, BTCManager reported that the National Assembly was considering a move to provide an extension to the cryptocurrency taxation policy.

The decision to postpone came after a session of the Planning and Finance Committee which held on Monday (Nov. 30). South Koreas official tax policy will now come into force in January 2022; three months later than previously scheduled.

By delaying the enactment of the law, South Korean officials say the government is giving sufficient time for crypto exchanges to work out the necessary modalities required for complying with the new directive. When in force, crypto trading profits exceeding 2.5 million won (approx. $2,500) per year. This threshold provides a de minimis crypto tax exemption for gains below this mark.

South Korean exchanges will need to comply fully with real-name trading account regulations as part of the new crypto tax regime. Indeed, this law was part of the provisions included in the legislative action of March 2020 that effectively gave full legal status to crypto trading operations in the country.

Bithumb, as well as fellow big four competitors Corbit, Coinone, and Upbit, are the only cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea currently in compliance with real-name trading accounts regulation. With the crypto tax policy coming in 2022, platforms still have sufficient time to attain full compliance with this regulation.

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