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How is Bitcoin taxed?

ATO QC 42159

Bitcoin is taxed similarly to barter arrangements.

Bitcoin is neither money nor a foreign currency and is not a financial supply for goods and services but it is an asset for capital gains purposes.

If you use Bitcoin for personal use there is no income tax or GST implications or capital gains provided the cost is < $10,000.

If you use Bitcoin for business you will need to record the value in $AUS as part of your ordinary income the same as non cash consideration.

A business may be charged GST on that Bitcoin and claim input tax credits.

There are capital gains tax consequences where you dispose of bitcoin as part of your business after you reduce the amount by any bitcoin that you have declared as income.

If you pay an employee by bitcoin this falls under the Fringe Benefit Tax legislation.

If you are mining bitcoin this would be assessable income and trading stock.

If you are engaged as an exchange service the process will be assessable income.

If you are holding bitcoin as an investment you will be subject to capital gains legislation.


The information provided in the above documents is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as tax advice. Any specific recommendation for a client can only be done after their individual circumstances have been determined by David Douglas Accountants.

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