Let’s set the scene quickly…you’re a crypto trader who has made gains within your crypto wallet.
Because of these gains, you can’t avoid certain taxations.
Therefore, your gains must be declared to HMRC.
Now, if you’re new to these gains and the crypto world, knowing where to start is tricky.
Something I have found with many of my clients and those I speak to often is that navigating the world of crypto and declarations can create an element of confusion and feeling lost.
Well, my friend, you are not alone.
Having to declare a tax return is difficult for anyone, especially for a first-timer, especially when it comes to government guidance regarding crypto.
This is why I wanted to provide some support, with 5 tips on how to be HMRC compliant.
The key thing here is understanding what it actually is that you have to pay tax on. Investing in cryptocurrency is far from risk-free and extremely volatile. That is why it is essential to ensure you have a basic understanding of taxable events and how they may affect your trading strategy.
When it comes to prepping your data to be imported into a tax tracking software, such as Accointing.com, it is really important you have all your wallets and exchange details on hand. Keeping a log of your transactions, wallets and exchanges etc. is a great way to keep an overview of all your financial and tax information. If you do not import all your transactions and keep a well-documented log, you will have a lot more reconciliation work to do later.
The second reason for keeping a log is that you can use the information recorded as a supporting document when you file your crypto tax returns. We all know how hard it can be to remember those random coins you purchased on that random exchange!
This step is where detailing all those wallets and exchanges above becomes very handy! You will be able to work through your document and add in each wallet and exchange in an organised manner. This will ensure you are not missing transactions and will save you time piecing together each and every single transaction.
We have seen many clients without a detailed list of their transactions and exchanges and it has been extremely difficult for them to identify transactions and transfers correctly. This in turn could lead to a higher than needed tax bill.
The next step is to work through all the missing transactions, unrecognised currencies, and internal transfers. This is the most important step as this is where you will tidy up all the errors that the system has.
Working through the review steps you will first look at the unrecognised currencies. These are currencies not recognised on Coin Market Cap (CMC) which is the system that ACCOINTING.com will use to pull in the prices of each token.
If you operate within the DeFi space, then you will likely have lots of these gaps particularly for liquidity farming or liquidity protocols. Tokens such as ALINK (Link when supplied to an AAVE pool) will not be required during the tax return process so these can be ignored. Recognising the currencies which can be ignored and those which can’t is very important to your overall tax bill.
Next is internal transfers. This is usually a fairly simple step of matching transfers between your own wallets. Be careful to spot any slight differences in value which will usually be down to differing fees.
Missing transactions is the most difficult step, especially if you haven’t added in all of your wallets and exchanges in step 2. This section focuses on deposits and withdrawals which cannot be matched with the opposite side of the transaction. An example would be, withdrawing 3 BTC from your Binance wallet which the system cannot find where this was deposited. You will need to work through these and classify the transactions accordingly (payment, gift, or airdrop for example). You may also need to add in any wallets missed in step 2 which may clear some of these transactions.
Finally, you will be working through any discrepancies within your exchanges and wallets between what the exchange shows as a balance to what the system (ACCOINTING.com) shows. This will require some further investigation to ensure these balances match, sometimes the missing amounts can be due to lending and staking. It is worth reviewing those as well as many exchanges do not account for lending or staking discrepancies.
The final step is to download the report and review the transactions on the report to ensure you are happy with the output.
The first page will summarise your taxable events such as capital gains, margin gains and income. Be sure to check these sections to ensure you are comfortable with what they show. If you are not, then the next steps would be to go through those sections individually to check the transactions.
If you are happy then you need to include these figures on your tax return.
Finally, we would suggest it is best practice to keep a detailed pack of information to present to HMRC on the off chance your accounts are reviewed.
This would include:
If reading this has made you realise that you may need help and assistance making sure you are doing everything by the book, please feel free to get in touch with you, or better yet, head to https://www.mynaaccountants.co/contact and get in touch with us over there!