PRESS RELEASE. With crypto markets down around 50% in the past month and over 70% from their highs in late 2021, many crypto investors are searching for answers after their profits from the last few years have evaporated into the ether.
Following the incredible bull market, crypto investors enjoyed over 2020 and 2021; you may now find yourself nursing losses rather than gains ahead of the upcoming tax season. Crypto tax platform Koinly shares 5 little-known tax hacks you need to know after the crypto crash.
1. Pay less tax by holding
Want to avoid paying tax on crypto? While you can’t dodge your tax obligations entirely – there are quite a few ways you can optimize your tax position. But here’s the catch, you’ll need to do it before the end of the financial year to pay less tax overall.
You’ve probably heard it before, but the easiest way to pay less crypto tax is to simply HODL. In many jurisdictions, holding your crypto investment (or other assets like shares) for longer than one year qualifies any gains as long-term capital gains. Depending on where you live, any crypto sold 12 months after purchasing is:
- Tax-free in Germany
- Discounts capital gains tax by 50% in Australia
- Taxed at lower tax rates of 0%, 15% or 20% in the US, depending on individual income over the year
2. Tax-free gains
Tax-free thresholds on your capital gains can help you automatically owe less tax. In the UK, individuals have a CGT allowance of up to £12,300 before paying tax. Germany has a relatively low threshold of €600, while Australians have no such allowance. If you’re in the US, the IRS states any individual’s income under $40,400 pays no Capital Gains Tax.
Knowing the tax-free maximum for capital assets in your country is a great way to help determine your crypto disposal strategy, so make sure you understand how crypto is taxed wherever you are.
- Offset your gains with losses via tax-loss harvesting
Tax-loss harvesting allows you to claim capital losses by recognising and selling your assets at a capital loss. These capital losses may be carried forward against future capital gains and even over multiple financial years.
For example, if you made $10,000 after buying and selling Bitcoin but lost $10,000 after selling your Ether, you won’t owe any tax since you broke even. This also works if you’ve had a good year in share trading, you can offset those gains with crypto losses.
However, if you have an unrealized loss and do not crystallize it by selling before the end of the current financial year, you won’t be able to take advantage of this capital loss until next year’s tax return.
Be careful of wash sales rules which prohibit selling assets at a loss to create an artificial loss this financial year, then immediately repurchasing them. To avoid this, you can swap one crypto for another cryptocurrency or sell and buy a different cryptocurrency (sell ETH for USDC and then buy BTC).
- Track your crypto to spot opportunities
Tax offices, including the IRS, HMRC and ATO, demand investors keep detailed records over at least 3-5 years. With shares, this may be easy, but in crypto, with dozens of different wallets, hundreds of blockchains, multiple exchanges, DeFi protocols and NFT platforms, it can be a headache come tax time.
Using crypto tax software like Koinly not only helps you file your crypto taxes in half the time, but it can also help you track your unrealised gains and losses for each asset throughout the financial year.
5. Pick the best cost basis method
When calculating your crypto taxes – the cost basis method you use matters. It dictates which of your assets you’ve sold and how much your subsequent capital gain or loss is.
First in, first-out (FIFO) tends to produce the highest gains but may lower your tax bill if a long-term CGT discount applies in your country. Alternatively, last in, last out (LIFO) usually produces the lowest gains but may increase the tax rate you pay due to paying short-term CGT.
Koinly supports both of the above cost basis methods (and more) – so check out your settings to see which accounting method could produce the lowest tax liability. Talking to an accountant about your crypto taxes can be helpful for you to navigate any confusion and ensure you’re doing the right thing while still optimizing your taxes.
About Koinly: Koinly calculates your crypto taxes for you, catering to investors and traders at all levels. Whether it’s Crypto, DeFi or NFTs, the platform helps you save valuable time by reconciling your holdings to generate a compliant tax report in under 20 minutes. Sign up today and see how much you owe!
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Bitcoin (BTC) Nearly Taps $25,000 Level For the First Time Since June
Bitcoin (BTC) is showing several bullish signs in the daily time frame but has yet to break out from a short-term corrective pattern.
Bitcoin has been moving upwards since reaching a long-term low of $17,622 on June 18. On July 19, it broke out from a long-term descending resistance line, which had been in place since the end of March.
On Aug. 11, BTC reached a local high of $24,918, which was the highest since June 12. However, it failed to sustain this increase and created a long upper wick in its daily candlestick (red icon).
If the upward movement continues, the closest resistance area would be found at $29,370. This target is the 0.382 Fib retracement resistance level.
An interesting reading comes from the daily RSI, which moved above 50 at the same time which the price broke out from the descending resistance line.
Since then, the RSI has created an ascending triangle (dashed), which is often considered a bullish pattern. The indicator is currently at 61, right at the resistance line of this pattern.
Therefore, a breakout above it would likely also cause the price to accelerate upwards.
Short-term BTC pattern
Despite the relative bullishness from the daily time frame, the six-hour chart shows that BTC has been trading inside an ascending parallel channel since the June 18 bottom. Such channels usually contain corrective patterns, meaning that an eventual breakdown from it would be expected.
Moreover, the price has created what resembles an even shorter-term double top (red icons), which is considered a bearish pattern made at the resistance line of the channel.
On Aug. 9 (green circle), the price rebounded from the midline of this channel and at a short-term ascending support line.
So, whether BTC breaks out from the channel or breaks down from the support line will likely determine the direction of the future trend.
Wave count analysis
The main wave count indicates that BTC is likely in wave three of a five-wave upward move (black). The sub-wave count is shown in yellow, and also suggests that the price is in wave three. So, this seems to be a 1-2/1-2 wave formation. If correct, it would mean that the upward move will accelerate in the near future.
In order for the count to remain correct, Bitcoin has to hold on above the slope of the original 1-2 (black).
The most likely long-term wave count is also bullish, aligning with the proposed short-term count.
For Be[in]Crypto’s previous Bitcoin (BTC) analysis, click here
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Binance recovers the majority of funds stolen from Curve Finance
Binance recovered and froze around $450,000 worth of the stolen assets, which is around 80 percent of the stolen funds.
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Crypto exchange Binance has recovered a big part of the funds from the recent hack that targeted the decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Curve Finance.
In a tweet, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced that the exchange has frozen and recovered $450,000 of the stolen assets, which is more than 80 percent of the stolen funds. According to Zhao, the hacker tried to send the funds to the exchange in various ways but was detected by Binance. The exchange is currently working to return the funds to their rightful owners.
The Curve Finance team detected the hack on Tuesday and alerted their users to refrain from using their website. An hour after the warning, the team announced that it was able to find and resolve the issue. However, the attackers were still able to hijack around $537,000 worth of USD Coin (USDC) before the issue was resolved.
According to experts from the blockchain analytics firm Elliptic, a hacker compromised the domain name system (DNS) of Curve Finance, which ended with malicious transactions getting signed. The experts told Cointelegraph that the funds were then sent to various exchanges and crypto mixers in an attempt to hide the trail. In the end, the funds were sent to Binance and were caught by its team.
This is not the first time this week that the good actors in the crypto community have worked to return stolen funds. On Monday, whitehat hackers and researchers returned an estimated $32.6 million worth of USDC, Tether (USDT) and other altcoins to Nomad, following the recent $190 million exploit.
The Curve Finance exploit is only one of the many attacks that happened in 2022. According to analytics firm Chainalysis, $2 billion worth of funds were drained because of cross-chain bridge hacks. This is 69% of the overall stolen amount in the year.
Institutional staking won’t take off unless asset lock-up solved: Coinbase CFO
Coinbase’s new institutional-focused staking product won’t be a “near-term phenomenon” while liquid staking is still being worked out.
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Institutional staking of crypto assets, including the post-Merge Ethereum, could become a “phenomenon” in the future, but not while their assets still need to be “locked up.”
Speaking during a Q2 earnings call on Tuesday, chief financial officer Alesia Haas noted that she didn’t expect their new exclusive institutional staking service, rolled out in Q2, to be a “near-term phenomenon” until a “truly liquid staking option” is available:
“This is the first time we had the products available. Previously, the way that institutions could have access to staking is via Coinbase Cloud […] But offering it as the delegated staking service similar to what we have for retail customers.”
However, Haas said it was still “early days” for their new staking service, adding they’ll likely only see a “real material impact” when they have created a liquid staking option for post-Merge Ethereum, also known as Eth2.
Liquid staking is the process of locking up funds to earn staking rewards, while still having access to the funds.
Haas explained that many financial institutions “don’t want their assets held indefinitely:”
“So when you stake ETH2 you are locking in your assets into Ethereum until the Merge and then some period after. For some institutions, that liquidity lock-up is not palatable to them. And so, while they may be interested in staking, they want to have staking on a liquid asset.”
Haas reaffirmed this issue is “something we are looking to solve,” and added that once this liquid staking is available for financial institutions that can pool in funds at higher proportions, “we’ll see the real material impact of institutional revenue.”
Investors and institutions have been able to access Coinbase’s delegated staking service through Coinbase Prime, which was first launched in Sep. 2021. The platform also offers other integrated services, such as access to a custody wallet with enhanced security, real-time crypto market data and analytics, and other crypto-native features like decentralized governance.
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