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ATO Tells Exchanges To Hand Over Crypto Investors’ Data

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ATO Tells Exchanges To Hand Over Crypto Investors’ Data

This week's big news for Australian crypto investors: The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has instructed crypto exchanges to share transaction details for up to 1.2 million accounts from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2026.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • In a recent announcement, the ATO has asked crypto exchanges operating in Australia to provide trading and personal data on up to 1.2 million investors.
  • The data items include:
    • Client identification details: names, addresses, date of birth, phone numbers, social media accounts and email addresses.
    • Transaction details: bank account details, wallet addresses, transaction dates, transaction time, transaction type, deposits, withdrawals, transaction quantities and coin type.
  • The move comes in a bid to reduce the level of non-compliance in the crypto space.
  • The data will enable the ATO to audit investors’ tax obligations.

The Tax Office has used data-matching technology to collect data on investors dating back to 2015, but the old protocol expired on 30 June 2020. This new data-matching program shows the ATO is renewing its focus on crypto assets for the next few years.

So, what does it mean for you?

In an announcement on its website, the ATO states: “The data will be acquired and matched to ATO systems to identify and treat clients who failed to report a disposal of crypto assets in their income tax return.”

So, it’s safe to say that if you haven’t started declaring your crypto activity when completing your tax return, now is the time to start.

What should you do?

Fortunately, figuring out your obligations doesn’t have to be daunting.

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If you need additional help figuring out your obligations, connect with a specialist crypto tax accounting professional.

Every year, tax offices the world over increase their focus on crypto. Don’t be caught with a hefty tax penalty when the tax man comes knocking. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

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Harrison Dell

Tax Lawyer

This article was prepared by Tax Specialist and Director Harrison Dell from Cadena Legal. If you have questions or would like to book an appointment with Harrison, please visit Cadena Legal.

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