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Crypto not taxed as foreign currency

The federal government has issued advice that crypto currencies will continue to be excluded from foreign currency tax arrangements under the Albanese government.

Crypto not taxed as foreign currency
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Treasurer Jim Chalmers made the announcement after a decision by the government of El Salvador to allow bitcoin as legal tender that has the potential to create uncertainty about the status of crypto assets such as bitcoin for tax purposes in Australia.

Mr Chalmers said the government decided to therefore move to clarify current arrangements in legislation that will mean crypto assets will not be regarded as a foreign currency for tax purposes.

It also said that capital gains tax will continue to apply to crypto assets that are held as investments.

This clarification will deliver a consistent tax requirement for crypto-asset holders and will be backdated to 1 July 2021 for the avoidance of ambiguity following the decision by the government of El Salvador.

This gives certainty and clarity at a time of volatility for cryptocurrencies.

The government will continue to take a pragmatic and timely approach to its role in the rapidly evolving digital currency landscape.

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