Australia to Track Down Tax Evaders

Australian Tax Office (ATO) will seek out bitcoin investors with outstanding tax liabilities  
01 March 2018   136

According to a report, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) will seek out bitcoin investors with outstanding tax liabilities. Will Day, ATO deputy commissioner stated that transparency will be achieved due to forthcoming AML measures. It will grant the tax office increased probing powers next month.

The new policy will provide oversight of the crypto market and will include compulsory 100-point identification checks for crypto traders. At the moment, ATO does not consider bitcoin as a legal tender.

The new measures will extend the jurisdiction of the Australian Transaction and Reports Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). The financial agency will be able to access cryptocurrency exchange records. Besides KYC and AML, the exchanges must report about suspicious transactions, as well as any cash transaction in excess of 10,000 Australian dollars.

According to a member of the National Tax Liaison Group and CPA Australia chief, Paul Drum, traders are curious whether bitcoin investments are exempt from capital gains tax personal asset rules.

Where you use bitcoin to purchase goods or services for personal use or consumption, any capital gain or loss from disposal of the bitcoin will be disregarded (as a personal use asset) provided the cost of the bitcoin is $10,000 or less.

The Australian Tax Office

Paul Drum also stated that the effectiveness of the ­anonymity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is starting to fade. These coming changes mean that people shouldn't ­assume they can hide forever behind blockchain technology, nor should they ­assume there are no tax consequences.

20 % of University Students gain Cryptocurrency with Aid

The Student Loan Report along with Pollfish interviewed 1,000 university students with related loan debt
23 March 2018   157

It took them for 4 days to collect the data (from March, 16 till March, 20 of this year). All the participants were to ask the following question: Have you ever use student loan money to invest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin?

The results were remarkable. The poll revealed that 21,2  % of current students with the loan debt have used aid money in order to fund a cryptocurrency investment. So, over one-fifth answered in the affirmative.

Drew Cloud, the leader of the Student Loan Report, clarified that the younger Americans are more active investors as they are rather optimistic about cryptocurrency. Therefore the students want to get involved in this subject in any way possible. Drew Cloud sincerely thought the percentage would be lower. He considers that any college student's budget is thin and limited, therefore some extra money may be used on rest, groceries, or books.

The Student Loan Report approved: student loan debtors would be to pull off such a manipulation as they are given their remaining loans to be used on “living expenses”. From time to time they borrow more than they end up needing for studies. College debtors`spending of the money is not officially tracked and this allows the leftover means to be spent in the way preferred by the student. Another important factor is loan debt payments often do not occur until after graduation, and generally 6 months after.

Mr. Cloud claimed that cryptocurrency was the most prevalent investment of 2017. The young Americans consider that digital money is a savvy way to spend their refund checks. Some students even suggest that they would be able to quickly pay their debts off (because “not long ago every virtual currency was experiencing seemingly unstoppable growth”).

A significant shortcoming from the survey are data concerning how much the average student of the university spent of their financial aid on cryptocurrency. It also would have been interesting to know what types of digital means students favoured.