How is crypto taxed?
There is no such thing as “crypto tax”, however, the absence of explicit tax laws for crypto does not mean that crypto is not taxed.
As with other assets, crypto is taxed based on how it is used, for example:
- If it is used for an investment purpose, then it is taxed to Capital Gains Tax, or Corporation Tax if a company.
- Where it is used as a means for remuneration, it is charged to Income Tax and National Insurance contributions.
- If it is used for a trading purpose to make profit, it is charged to Income Tax or Corporation Tax (as appropriate).
This may sound simple, but the UK legislation is complex and the uniqueness of cryptoassets creates a lot of uncertainty. Investors and traders can often find themselves confused as to how their individual activities should be taxed.
It is important to bear in mind that crypto is also considered to be property for Inheritance Tax purposes.
What is crucial to remember is that crypto is taxed depending on the actions and circumstances of the individual or business concerned.