Cryptocurrencies remove the need for centralised intermediaries and allow users to transact directly with each other, but that doesn’t mean they come without tax implications.
In the UK, it is important to understand how cryptocurrencies are taxed in order to remain compliant with HMRC regulations. Let’s review what the crypto tax rate is in the UK and what it means for you.
The UK considers cryptocurrencies to be assets rather than currencies. This means that any profits made from trading cryptocurrencies will be subject to Capital Gains Tax, with the amount of tax owed depending on the total capital appreciation.
Cryptocurrency earned from mining, staking, or providing services is subject to Income Tax and National Insurance contributions, where the rate of tax applied depends on your income. If a company is conducting cryptocurrency activities, then Corporation Tax will also apply.
If you are holding cryptocurrencies in a digital wallet, then you will not be liable for any tax as no taxable event has taken place (i.e you have not traded the asset during that tax year).
Let’s delve deeper into how your specific Capital Gains Tax rate is determined in the UK.
The UK Capital Gains Tax rate is determined by the total amount of annual income and the banding system used by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
For example, if you have an annual salary of £20,000, make £15,000 from trading crypto, and have no other sources of income, then your total taxable income would be £35,000 and you would fall into the basic rate.
However, the Capital Gains Tax Allowance of £12,300 must also be included in the calculation (more on this below) — so the £15,000 capital gains amount is reduced by £12,300, leaving you with a taxable amount of £2,700. The 10% capital gains tax rate would then be applied to this amount to give you the final figure of £270.
As we previously mentioned, each year you are entitled to a Capital Gains Tax Allowance, which is the amount of profit you can earn without having to pay taxes.
For the 2022/2023 tax year, the tax allowance is £12,300. This means that any profits made from cryptocurrency trading up to £12,300 are exempt from Capital Gains Tax.
However, this allowance does not apply to additional income from mining, staking, or receiving payments for services rendered with cryptocurrency. In these cases, you must pay Income Tax.
It’s worth noting that this Capital Gains Tax Allowance changes regularly, with plans to lower the allowance to £6,000 in April 2023 and £3,000 in April 2024. This is important to consider when planning your cryptocurrency investment strategy.
Additional income from mining, staking, or receiving cryptocurrency as payment for services rendered is considered to be income and must be reported on your tax return. This means that it is subject to the UK’s income tax bands.
Your payable rate will depend on your total annual income, as well as any other sources of taxable income you may have.
This doesn’t mean that those earning £80,000 will pay a 40% tax rate on all £80,000. It simply means that all earnings between £50,271 and £150,000 — £29,729 in this case — will be taxed at the 40% tax rate.
As you can see, when it comes to UK crypto tax rates, there are some major differences between the two countries. Be sure to research the specific requirements for your area before preparing your tax return.
The tax year runs from April 6 to April 5 of the following year. You must file your HMRC Self Assessment Tax Return before January 31 of each year, showing all taxable income capital gains from the previous tax year.
It’s crucial to remember that HMRC could audit your accounts at any moment, so always keep your records organized and up-to-date, as well as make sure you satisfy UK tax requirements.
While we have gone through the basics of crypto taxes in the UK, it’s important to remember that this is a complex and ever-changing area, which means staying financially compliant is no easy task.
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