Canada to Bitcoin Miners: "Pay Yer Taxes"
April 29, 2013 10:52 AM
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Cryptocurrency is not exempt from taxation, Canadian government argues
For miners or traders who
, the digital money can be a lucrative source of real-world income. Bitcoins in theory are unregulated by any government entity and difficult to trace. But the Canadian government is looking to change that.
With Bitcoin cash value increasing five-fold to around $250 USD/Bitcoin in April, the
Canada Revenue Agency
is salivating at the prospect of extra taxes from its domestic miners/traders. The CRA says that when using Bitcoins for transactions Barter Transaction rules -- long an offline-focused rulebook -- are in effect. These rules mandate taxes on bartered goods, and Bitcoins are no exception. The g
overnment's rules state
that the value of what is received is used to determine the value of what's given up.
Paragraphs nine through 32 of the CRA's section IT-479R, Transactions in Securities
, explain that Bitcoins sold for real world money are either counted as income or capital gains.
The CRA will be hunting for Bitcoin tax dodgers for the first time.
[Sources: Bitcoin Forum (left); Nerd Merit Badges (right)]
Some Canadians are already claiming Bitcoin income on their taxes. Comments Regina currency trader Jeff Cliff in a
interview, "It's fairly anonymous system. I'm not so much into the privacy side of it, so that's why I claim it."
Others feel the government should keep their hands off Bitcoins. But Canadians who think the CRA is treating Bitcoin earnings or barter as an "honor system" may be in for a rude surprise. The CRA told the
that it will be watching for unreported Bitcoin revenue this year.
The CRA will reportedly crack down on unreported Bitcoin revenue. [Image Source: The CP]
Saskatoon realtor Paul Chavady who has taken the unusual step of allowing buyers to use Bitcoins, explains how this could work, commenting, "When you sell [the BitCoins], they will deposit that in your account. As soon as it turns into Canadian dollars, it's back in the eyes of the CRA and everybody else. If you get a big deposit of $10,000, or $100,000, [CRA is] going to say, 'Hey, where did that come from?'"
In other words don't count on cryptography to protect you if you cash out your Bitcoin wealth for real world purchases; the (Canadian) tax man knows better.
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4/29/2013 6:55:40 PM
"If the canadian government wants to levy a canadian dollar tax on coins that get converted into canadian dollars, that's fair.
However taxing a transaction made in another currency, and making said tax payable only through first converting the currency, transferring it to a bank, waiting several days for the transaction to confirm, and then submitting said tax through some surely byzantine paperwork maze is just ridiculous."
Er... it *is* only taxable if bitcoins are converted into Canadian Dollars. Unless I completely misunderstood the article, bitcoins can't be taxed unless and until they exchanged for real currency.
Besides, how in the world would the Canadian Revenue Agency even know you had bitcoins until you converted it?
4/29/2013 8:20:52 PM
Maybe I'm reading to far into this:
These rules mandate taxes on bartered goods
I presume that if a tax is collected for bartering money for bitcoins, the tax would also apply to bitcoins bartered for other goods/services
4/30/2013 2:16:01 PM
That is correct, it also applies to transactions in foreign currency. The converted Canadian dollar equivalent on the day of the transaction is used to calculate the taxes.
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