Those who invest a significant amount of money into crypto or do a significant number of crypto trades might be asking themselves if they are considered a crypto trader or crypto investor, and what difference does this make from a tax perspective?
Read more from our in-house crypto expert at Crest Accountants to learn the difference between a crypto investor and crypto trader.
Understanding crypto investing and trading
There’s no one size fits all approach to answering whether you’re a crypto trader or crypto investor.
However, the ATO has provided the following factors to provide guidance to determine if you are a crypto trader:
- Significant capital investment made
- A focus on short-term trades versus making only long-term trades
- High volume, repetitive and regular transactions taking place on a recurring basis
- Operating in a business-like manner i.e., business planning, budgeting, etc.
If you satisfy most or all of the above, then this may weigh more heavily in the determination that you are operating as a cryptocurrency trader. Determining that you are a crypto trader is the same as determining whether your activities are considered to be carrying on a business for tax purposes.
Tax treatment differences
With this understanding of whether you are considered a crypto investor or a crypto trader, what tax treatment difference does this make? Below are the tax treatments differences between crypto investors and traders.
Tax treatment differences for crypto investors:
Tax treatment differences for crypto traders:
If you’re still unsure if your crypto activities fall under investing or trading, it’s recommended to seek the advice from crypto tax services from a Gold Coast Accountant you can trust.
You can discover our other articles on crypto tax, such as reducing crypto tax and common misconceptions of crypto tax, here.
Crest will ensure you fully understand the benefits and risks of trading and investing, your tax obligations and of course, whether you’re a crypto investor or trader.
Contact Crest Accountants today and find out how our in-house crypto guru division can help you stay compliant while maximising your crypto use strategies.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this news post is general in nature and is intended to provide a general summary only and should not be relied on as a substitute for professional advice.