Japanese Crypto Investors Flee Capital Gains Taxation of up to 55%
Reports have indicated that some investors are relocating in search of alternative taxation regimes in order to avoid heavy capital gains taxes. Japan currently taxes capital gains on profits derived through virtual currency trading at between 15% and 55%.
Japanese Crypto Traders Prepare for Tax Season
In Japan, all cryptocurrency earnings are required to be reported as 'miscellaneous income', incurring capital gains taxation of between 15% and 55% due to virtual currencies being legally classified as 'property’.
Some traders have criticized the income brackets chosen by the National Tax Agency, with the top bracket applying to payers with an annual income of 40 million yen (approximately 375,000). By contrast, the top bracket is charged only 20% for income derived from foreign exchange or stock market trading.
Japanese Whales Seek Alternative Tax Jurisdictions
According to Bloomberg, the chief executive of Shiodome Partners Tax Corp, Kengo Maekawa, indicated that 'a handful of cryptocurrency-rich investors have already left Japan.' Mr. Maekawa stated that his firm has recently experienced a surge in clients in their 30s and 40s seeking tax advice on income derived from cryptocurrencies.
Some traders have also complained that certain aspects of Japan's present tax requirements regarding bitcoin are unclear. Hiroyuki Komiya, the manager of a Tokyo-based distributed ledger technology consulting firm, stated that "The government hasn't clarified certain details, so you're left unsure whether you've got it right or not.' Mr. Komiya stated that he was able to reduce his taxable income by 'a few million yen' when using an 'overall average' rather than a 'moving average' when conducting calculations.
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