South Korea’s Ruling Party Looks to Delay Next Year’s Crypto Taxation in Amendment: Report

The amendment would delay the tax until 2023.

AccessTimeIconSep 17, 2021 at 2:14 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 3:34 p.m. UTC
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Noh Woong-rae of the ruling Democratic Party of South Korea has proposed a “Partial Amendment to the Income Tax Act” that would delay the country’s taxation of profits on cryptocurrency assets until 2023.

The legislation, which Woong-rae hopes to pass in October, counters Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Hong Nam-ki’s intent to start taxing crypto profits in 2022 as outlined in the original version of the Income Tax Act.

Nam-ki said in April that taxation on crypto trading gains was inevitable. The Finance Ministry has previously said that cryptocurrency users will face a 20% tax on profits over 2.5 million South Korean won ($2,262).

Woong-rae and other critics argue that the “relevant taxation infrastructure is not sufficiently developed,” according to a report on Thursday by the news outlet Financial News.

“Insufficient infrastructure for taxation of virtual assets, deferral is inevitable,” said Noh who criticized the finance minister’s statement earlier this year.

Noh also said that Ministry of Finance did not have authority to start taxing cryptocurrency and that the decision was instead a legislative matter. He said that failing to mediate through proper channels would undermine citizens’ trust in their government and encourage tax evasion.

Legislation for the taxation of crypto gains has been delayed several times since it was first proposed last year.

Noh said the country’s National Assembly is expected to pass the amendment, provided the ruling and opposition parties agree, according to the report.


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Sebastian Sinclair

Sebastian Sinclair is a CoinDesk news reporter based in Australia.

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