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South Korean National Assembly Strategy and Finance Committee approved an amendment to delay to 2023 the taxation that imposes an annual 20% capital gains tax for crypto trading with over 2.5 million Won (US$2,125) in earnings, just after the same taxation had been rushed to happen in 2022 as the lawmakers said postponing it would::Listen
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Lawmakers have been going sideways about the crypto taxation coming into action. There had been a previous proposal for postponing it until 2023 that was deserted last September as the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki had said that the taxation had to take effect next year:
Any further delay in the already postponed enforcement will lead to the loss of public trust in government policy and undermine stability in the legal system,
Back then, a huge backlash from crypto investors was expressed through online protests and petitions that called for regulators to drop the bill. One of them gathered around 201,079 signatures in 25 days.
Protestors claimed that taxation was premature because crypto investors had no protective measures, and the proposition means that they would be taxed at higher rates than stock investors. As the tax plans to get imposed on virtual assets earnings over 2.5 million Won (US$2,125), taxing of Stock capital gains starts at 50 million won (US$42,016). Some experts asked for virtual asset gains to be recategorized as financial income.
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Before the bill had even been announced, in 2018 the South Korean government had said the crypto movement in the country was “irrational” and started to threaten to ban all cryptocurrency and shut down exchanges.
In March 2020, South Korea passed an amendment that came into effect in March 2021, the Act on the Reporting and Use of Specific Financial Transaction Information. It focuses on crypto exchanges, providers of custodian wallets, ICO projects, overall service providers involved in selling or buying crypto, crypto-to-crypto exchanges, transferring of crypto, storage, or management of virtual assets.
All of these service providers have to register with the Korean financial regulators before getting involved in any activity and reshape their know-your-customer and Anti-Money Laundering systems.
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