8 July 2024

Inland Revenue (IR) has released a bulletin signalling that they are increasingly scrutinising undeclared cryptoasset income.

Cryptoassets are treated as a form of property for tax purposes, and generate taxable income when they are sold, traded, or exchanged. In this respect, the tax treatment differs from shareholdings in New Zealand companies (where the shares are held for long term capital growth and taxable dividend income).

In 2020, IR updated its tax guidance and has now begun contacting ‘high-risk’ individuals to address non-compliance. IR’s data analytics tools have identified 227,000 unique crypto-asset users in New Zealand, with transactions totalling $7.8 billion.

IR emphasizes in their bulletin the importance of declaring cryptoasset income, and has confirmed they will continue to use the tools at their disposal to ensure increased compliance.

Taxpayers with undeclared income from cryptocurrency transactions are urged in the bulletin to review their activities and take steps to meet outstanding tax obligations in order to avoid penalties and audits.

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