Australian Taxation Office monitors crypto transactions

Monday 13 March 2023 14:49 CET | News

The Australian Taxation Office has implemented a new data-matching programme in order to monitor crypto transactions and ensure tax law compliance.


In the context of increasing cryptocurrency use around the world, tax authorities are taking measures to make sure that individuals and businesses correctly report and pay taxes on any gains or income earned. In Australia, the Australian Taxation Office has implemented a new data-matching program in order to keep a close eye on cryptocurrency transactions and ensure compliance with tax laws.

The program allowed the ATO to obtain data from cryptocurrency exchanges and match it with taxpayer records in order to pinpoint any discrepancies. Since Australian tax laws treat cryptocurrency transactions as taxable events, individuals and businesses must report any gains or losses from these transactions in their tax returns. The ATO will follow up with penalties and legal action if it uncovers any failures to comply with these rules. 

The data-matching program in question is able to identify taxpayers who may be underreporting or failing to report cryptocurrency-related income. However, ATO officials cited by revealed that they will also use the data obtained through the program to conduct compliance activities and provide some education and support to taxpayers requiring assistance in meeting their tax obligations.


The Australian Taxation Office has implemented a new data-matching programme in order to monitor crypto transactions and ensure tax law compliance.


Tax implications of cryptocurrency transactions

By implementing the data-matching program, the ATO aims to ensure that cryptocurrency transactions are subject to the same tax rules as other financial transactions, and that businesses and individuals will comply with their tax obligations.  

CPA Australia officials cited by revealed that many taxpayers see crypto gains and losses as betting wins and losses, which is why they don’t think about them in a taxable context. This is where advisers come into play, as they can simply ask clients about their cryptocurrency transactions and raise awareness of digital asset tax obligations. 

Advisers could also inform their clients about the current review so that they might voluntarily disclose their crypto transactions and pay any outstanding taxes before the Tax Office takes matters into its own hands. 

Despite the ATO’s efforts to educate taxpayers, there is still a lack of awareness and understanding of the tax implications of cryptocurrency transactions. This becomes evident when taxpayers don't even realise that they need to pay taxes on their cryptocurrency gains or when they need some help to familiarise themselves with the reporting process.

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