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What SARS Says About Crypto Assets and Tax



“The future of money is digital currency” (Bill Gates)


If you are thinking of buying – or have bought - any “crypto asset” such as a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Polkadot, Solana (or any of the many other crypto currencies springing up all over the place), be aware of the tax implications.

As a start, read the new SARS webpage “Crypto Assets and Tax” here, first published on 27 August 2021 and providing guidance on (at date of writing – expect this webpage to evolve!) these questions -


What is it?


How did we get here?


Do I need to pay tax on crypto assets?


How will it work? (With an example of the ITR12 Income Tax Return for the 2020/21 tax year)


How is SARS tracing crypto asset transactions?


There are still grey areas here – and many pitfalls - so be sure to take specific professional advice!

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