Report said that the South Korean government has issued an amendment that the country will introduce a tax on profits from cryptocurrency trading in 2023.
It has been reported that after a legislative notice lasting until January 21, the amendment is likely to be enacted in February.
However, it would only start levying taxes on cryptocurrencies in 2023, as mentioned above.
The report said that the proposal would introduce a variety of additional taxes on capital gains, with a progressive taxation schedule for gains in stocks. For cryptocurrency holders, anyone making an annual income of more than 2.5 million won ($2,300) from cryptocurrency profits will be taxed at 20%. The threshold is much lower than for stocks, where only gains of over 50 million won ($46,000) will be taxed.
Authorities will consider the highest of either the market price immediately before 2023 or the actual acquisition price for cryptocurrencies owned before the beginning of the tax schedule.
Likewise, the proposed tax regime was anticipated and delayed several times in 2020. After lobbying from local cryptocurrency advocates, the government initially pushed back implementation until 2022.
Now, the government appears to have set the date in stone, though it is accommodating a further delay. Though the relative popularity of cryptocurrencies in Korea declined following the 2018 bear market, exemplified by Binance Korea failing to establish itself, it remains a stronghold of cryptocurrency adoption.
It has been analyzed that the Korean government pushed for a variety of blockchain-based initiatives in the fields of digital identity and blockchain voting. It also designated major population center Busan as a “blockchain city,” though some reports suggest that the categorization is lacking substance.
Thus, at the same time, the government has adopted a firm stance for certain classes of crypto assets, notably requiring many local exchanges to delist privacy coins. It had also put executives from major local exchange Bithumb under investigation for alleged fraud.