You would need to report a capital increase of $1,000 (half of $2,000) which would be added to your income and taxed at the marginal tax rate. In Australia, operations involving Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies are equaled to barter agreements. For tax purposes, Bitcoin is treated as an asset rather than a means of payment or foreign currency. The ATO guideline considers Bitcoin to be an asset rather than a currency in most circumstances because people buy and hold. Even with foreign currencies, there is no tax-free forex trading in Australia. I thought Bitcoin was anonymous. How will the ATO even find out? Australia Bitcoin Law. Australia law with regard to bitcoin has changed since 1st July, 2017. The Australian government wrote: “The Government will make it easier for new innovative digital currency businesses to operate in Australia.From 1 July 2017, purchases of digital currency will no longer be subject to the GST, allowing digital currencies to be treated just like money for GST purposes. Personal use of Bitcoin (and, assumably, other cryptocurrencies) is not subject to GST or income tax.The definition of “personal use” is limited to paying for goods or services in Bitcoin, such as online shopping.This won’t allow you to avoid paying stamp duty by buying a luxury property with Bitcoin, however- “personal use” transactions are capped at $10,000. Capital gains tax is paid on the profit or loss from a trade ex. if you paid $1000 for 1 BTC and sold the Bitcoin later on for $2000, then you will pay a capital gains tax on the $1000 profit. If you make a loss on the trade then you can deduct it from other profits or even carry over the loss to future years.
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