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South Korean lawmakers want to delay the implementation of the new rules in order to give more time to crypto exchanges to get ready.
South Korea may extend the implementation of its earlier proposed crypto income tax rule to January 2022, an extension of about 3 months from the earlier proposed October implementation plan. The plan to extend the implementation of the rule was revealed in a report published by a local South Korean media Dong-a Ilbo.
Per the reports, the lawmakers from the South Korean National Assembly’s planning and finance committee issued a report suggesting that it is necessary to consider enforcing the crypto income tax rule from at least January 1, 2022, in a bid to give enough allowance to cryptocurrency exchanges to put plans in place to implement the rules.
Dong-a-ilbo noted that the lawmakers look to hand out this allowance because cryptocurrency exchanges complained that they did not have enough time to adjust their books and develop the right crypto reporting tools to be able to comply with the tax rules.
Crypto Income Tax in South Korea
Earlier, Coinspeaker reported the South Korean proposal to levy a 20% income tax on crypto gains of 2.5 million Korean won, or about $2,000 due to the increasing rise of earnings on exchanges. Yonhap news agency said at the time:
“According to the data released by Rep. Park Kwang-on of the ruling Democratic Party, accumulated commission-related sales of some 30 cryptocurrency exchange operators are presumed to have reached 700 billion won [~USD$658 million] as of the end of last year, compared with an estimated amount of 8 billion won as of the end of 2016.”
To comply with this, South Korea put up the “Specific Financial Information Act” which details the timeline expected for exchanges to complete a reporting system slated for March next year, the completion of a Know Your Customer (KYC) procedure by September 2021 so that deposits and withdrawals can be adequately captured before the implementation which is slated to commence by Oct. Should the new extension be agreed on following the Subcommittee’s meeting to decide on a specific taxation time next week, crypto exchanges will have a 3-month window to get ready for the new crypto tax regime.
South Korea and Cryptocurrency Exchanges
South Korea is renowned for having zero tolerance for misdemeanor especially as it relates to cryptocurrency exchanges. South Korean authorities conducted about two consecutive raids on Bithumb cryptocurrency for alleged money laundering levied on the chairman of the board at Bithumb Korea and Bithumb Holdings Lee Jung-hoon.
The clampdown on Bithumb spurred the exchange to give itself up for sale with China-based cryptocurrency exchange Huobi Global among the top outfits to take over the exchange. Apparently, the zero-tolerance of South Korea on situations of money laundering and tax fraud is unacceptable, a position that may allow the country to give the concerned parties the needed allowance to adjust to the changes that are set to come.