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Tax on CryptoCurrency in the UK: Capital Gains Tax & More

What is a cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset that can be used to pay for things. Its value is determined by the supply and demand of its users. It is not based on any intrinsic value and can be transferred, stored, and traded electronically.

Do you pay tax on cryptocurrency in the UK?

The answer depends on if you own the cryptocurrency or if you own them via a business. If you own them personally you may have to pay capital gains tax. If you trade crypto as a business, you will be subject to income tax rules. Generally, if a transaction involves the disposal of crypto assets, it triggers taxes.

Capital Gains Tax on Cryptocurrency

If you own your cryptocurrency personally, you may have to pay capital gains tax. Capital gains are computed as the difference between the price of your cryptocurrency and the amount you sold it for. They are also known as CGT.

There is an exception to paying CGT, you only have to pay CGT if you go over your annual allowance which currently stands at £12,300 for the 2021-2022 tax year.

For UK residents, the capital gains tax on cryptocurrency transactions is taxed at 10% for the basic rate (up to £37500), up to a maximum of 20%.

Income Tax on Cryptocurrency

If you trade crypto as a business, you will be subject to income tax rules, especially if a transaction involves the disposal of crypto assets. A disposal is a process involving the removal of crypto assets.

It can be done in various ways such as selling the crypto assets for money, exchanging crypto assets for a different type, using them to pay for good or services or gifting them to another person

Ways to minimise the tax you pay on cryptocurrency

If you exceed your tax-free limit, there are several things you could consider helping minimise the tax due on your cryptocurrency gains such as utilising losses or transferring ownership to a spouse.

Utilise losses – If the overall gain exceeds the annual allowance, then it might be wise to sell some of your crypto assets to reduce the tax bill. Generally, if the total gain exceeds the annual allowance, then it should be sold at a loss.

Transfer to Spouse or Civil Partner– Currently, assets can be transferred between spouses without triggering CGT. This means if you transfer to your wife, husband, or civil partner both of your CGT allowances are used.

Reporting Cryptocurrency Gains to HMRC

You should report to HMRC after the end of the tax year. You may need to register for self-assessment with HMRC if you do not currently have a UTR number. This can be done through the HMRC website. The UK tax year runs from 6th April to 5th April the following year. Electronic returns need to be filed on 31 January by midnight and paper returns are due by 31 October at midnight.

If you need any help or advice with cryptocurrency tax, please get in contact with us and we will be happy to help.

Fifth Self Employed Income Support Scheme Grant: Everything you need to know

The fifth grant for the self-employed income support scheme will be available to claim as of late July 2021.  This grant will cover the period between May and September 2021.


Who can claim?

As per the previous grants, you will only be able to claim the grant if you are self-employed or a member of a partnership. Your trading profits must be no more than £50,000 and at least equal to your non-trading income.  HMRC will look at your 2019-2020 tax return to see if you are eligible.


Changes to the grant

For the fifth SEISS grant, there will be a significant change. The value of the grant will now be determined by how much your turnover has been reduced in the year April 2020-April 2021.

  • If your turnover had reduced by 30% or more then you will be entitled to 80% of three months trading profits up to a maximum cap of £7,500
  • If your turnover had reduced by less than 30% then you will be entitled to 30% of three months trading profits up to a maximum cap of £2,850

Where to claim the grant?

The online claim services for the fifth grant should be available from late July. HMRC should be in contact if you are eligible based on your tax returns

HMRC is set to give more guidance for the fifth grant in early July. Check back on our blog for further updates regarding the SEISS grant.


If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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The Winter Economy Plan: The Key Points

On the 24th September 2020, Rishi Sunak announced several new schemes to support businesses and workers across the UK as part of his Winter Economy Plan. 

Over the course of this post, we’ll take a close look at the details of each of the new schemes, but we’ve also provided a brief rundown of the main highlights below.

Payroll Year End Checklist

The payroll year end is fast approaching and it’s important to make sure that you are prepared. There are a number of things you need to do to in order to successfully end the payroll year. Below we have devised a checklist to help guide you to a successful year end