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Do you have to pay taxes on cryptocurrency UK? 

Yes, you do.

If you reside in the UK and hold cryptoassets they will be taxed if you make a profit (or gain) with the holding. The tax is Capital Gains Tax (CGT), meaning you pay tax on the difference between what your cryptocurrency cost you, and how much you sold it for. Keep in mind this also applies to switching/transferring into another crypto or buying goods and services with crypto.

Is cryptocurrency subject to capital gains tax UK? 

Yes, if you make a profit with the holding you are liable for CGT. Another tax that may apply is income tax and National Insurance (a tax in all but name).

There are talented traders (the Elliot Wave type) that make their living from trading and as such their income is derived from this activity. Income tax is calculated just as it would be calculated on any other earnings from income.

Do Coinbase report to HMRC? 

Yes, Coinbase and any other business carrying out ‘business’ in the UK or one of its territories (well some anyway) report to HMRC.

Why would there be an exception?

As far back as August 2019 it’s been common knowledge that crypto-exchanges doing business in the UK (Coinbase, eToro and CEX.IO) had received letters from HMRC requesting customer data and transaction histories.

How do I avoid capital gains tax on crypto? 

Seek taxation advice. If you have other losses from other assets you have sold you can offset these. Utilising a spouse/civil partner allowance will also reduce tax paid on gains. 

Generally, capital gains tax liabilities only impact larger investors with an number of other assets.

 Capital Gains Tax liabilities are usually ‘managed’ by offsetting losses in one area against profits they’ve made in another.

The loss on that awful piece (of crap of art) against profits in the portfolio.

Are there any ways of not paying CGT on gains from crytocurrency?

Become resident elsewhere and only spend minimal time in the UK. Trade and invest from your new nest. The UAE and Puorto Rico are welcoming. Effectively, cut all financial ties with the UK. Clean cut.

Do you have to declare crypto to HMRC? 

It’s not so much whether you declare Crypto – it’s more that you declare gains you’ve made on crypto. If you’ve made losses you may decide to offset these losses against other gains you’ve made elsewhere (if anywhere). This applies to exchange, utility, security tokents and stable coins (and whatever else you make a gain on irrelevant of what it’s called.) 

Declaring gains made on crypto applies to anyone resident in the UK who holds crypto assets as a personal investment.

You will taxed on any profits made on these assets.

There’s a ‘tax free’ allowance of £12,300 (2021-22) which you can double if you have a spouse or civil partner. So take advantage of theirs if you can. Potentially £24,600 can be made as profit without paying a penny.

Keep in mind – If you have sold, gifted or spent cryptocurrency within the tax year, you will need to declare any profit or gains on your self-assessment tax return.

If you choose not to inform HMRC via an annual tax assessment form you will get whacked with interest and penalties.

Can HMRC track crypto? 

Of course they can, HMRC can and do track everything.

It’s a common misconception that HMRC are somehow ‘under resourced’.

But just think about this for a moment.

Once HMRC have the ‘source’ data they are able to cleanse, analyse and track and monitor anybody who has provided their details to a Crypto exchange.

And if you think you can trade via an account set up abroad (whilst still being resident in the UK) think again. HMRC have wide powers that mean they can obtain information from crypto exchanges (or any other types of facilitors) by making requests under international law.

This applies to all cryptoassets, cryptocurrencies and virtual currencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), Zcash (ZEC) and Ripple (XRP). 

Which country has no tax on cryptocurrency? 

In Portugal you do not have to pay tax on the sale of cryptocurrencies. And unlike in the UK trading crypto for a living is not taxable as income. 

Which country is best for cryptocurrency? 

Vietnam, India, and Pakistan dominate the Global Crypto Adoption Index which is compiled by Chainanalysis.

Rather than gross transaction volume, the index rates 154 nations based on peer-to-peer exchange trading activity

Do you have to pay taxes on cryptocurrency UK?

What banks are crypto-friendly? 

In which country is bitcoin illegal? 

China made bitcoin and other cryptocurrenices illegal in September 2021.

Earlier in May 2021 a warning was provided.

The message from the People Party of China (PPC) was:

“Virtual currency-related business activities are illegal financial activities,”and it “seriously endangers the safety of people’s assets”.

Is it worth investing in cryptocurrency? 

You steer your ship.

There are a number of mainstream ways of investing into crypto via investment trusts (Greyscale for example) and exchange traded funds are currently being (or possibly rolled out).

This will mean that mainstream investors will be able to add crypto to their investment portfolios. This may be a positive for all cryptocurrency pricing.

Once structured and regulated products are available the ‘sales’ teams will be ravenously adding these to the clients’ portfolios.


So yes, as an extremely high risk investment crypto may be great and offer potentially extremely profitable opportunities. But remember you may lose the lot so only dabble with what you have the capacity to lose without getting upset.

Always take financial and tax advice and be wary of anything at all that you experience in life. Be suspicious and always try to infer motivations as to why you are being informed or advised of something. 


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