Cryptocurrency Tax

The law around cryptocurrency tax is complex and on the radar with the Australian Tax Office. In 2020 the ATO issued approximately 350,000 notices to cryptocurrency investors.

It is important that you understand your tax obligations and keep accurate accounting records.

Waterhouse Lawyers have expertise in the crypto tax field; with specialised articles featured in both The Tax Institute and Thomson Reuters Tax Bulletin.

We understand crypto tax can be a grey area. Our expert cryptocurrency tax lawyers can help clarify topics such as:

  • Cryptocurrency and Capital Gains Tax;
  • CGT on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) when the value of the cryptocurrency is nil;
  • Converting cryptocurrency to fiat currency;
  • Tax laws around the sale or gift crypto;
  • Crypto-to-crypto trading;
  • Using crypto to obtain goods or services;
  • Personal use asset exemptions from CGT;
  • Chain splits of different versions of cryptocurrency;
  • Crypto tax reporting requirements to the ATO.

 

Need tax help?

We are here to help when your tax or superannuation affairs become overwhelming.

We can liaise with the ATO if you are being audited; obtain a payment plan for a tax debt; and represent you in a tax court case.

Need tax help?

We are here to help when your tax or superannuation affairs become overwhelming.

We can liaise with the ATO if you are being audited; obtain a payment plan for a tax debt; and represent you in a tax court case.

Satisfied Clients

Never thought I could find help like that

Hi Tania,

I appreciate tremendously the advice and reassurance you gave me when I saw you . I never thought I could find help like that from anyone.

It was a pleasure meeting you and your staff.

Rita B—December 2017

Chapeau! as they say in French thank you


Dear Tania,

From my first contact with yourself and your firm, I knew I had contacted the right people to assist me in reviewing an ATO audit decision. How did I know that? I strongly felt that I would comfortably accept whatever outcome it may be, even if it was not the best, feeling confident that you and your team of experts would provide the best possible advice and chance to resolve the matter. Furthermore I also felt that you and your team do care about their clients and was impressed by your commitment. Was I right? Yes I was, your team achieved the best outcome that could have been expected: a win!

Dear Keerti,
Your dedication to resolving my taxation matter in the best possible way (“fighting tooth and nail” as you said) was remarkable and to say the least very much appreciated. You were approachable and always available for comments or explanations. Although it can be challenging, you were soon familiar with all the details of the evidence. Above all you were able to secure a win. I would have no hesitation whatsoever to recommend you.

Chapeau! as we say in my native French as a mark of gratitude and respect.

Best regards,

Didier

Didier G—August 2019

Thanks for ATO tax advice

Dear Tania, thanks for your help. You have been instrumental in keeping my spirits high these past few weeks as the ATO enquiry was one of many issues I had to deal with at present.

When it comes to tax correspondence and official dealings with the ATO the usual anecdote is always to seek expert advice, but advice given is only one part of the story. The personable approach, understanding of your clients’ pain points and delivering on that developed empathy is many times more valuable in effect than perhaps the advice itself.

You aced that approach when dealing with my situation, understood my story and went far beyond the mile or service benchmark that I would normally expect any professional consultant would go to.

So, in that regards, I unreservedly am happy to recommend you to any contact I know who wants to get the right advice and in a way that he or she are also satisfied with the interaction.

Bob W—February 2019

Some sanity returns to my life

For many years I have lived overseas and paid tax in my country of family residence and employment. You can imagine my surprise when I received a letter from ATO suggesting I might owe a return for the past 2 years including a list of overseas income. Alarm bells rang as I did indeed owe some returns, but fixing the issue opened a whole Pandora’s Box of issues that I knew could only be solved by a professional expert in Taxation Law.

I trolled the Internet for hours looking for a Tax Lawyer in my home city, most of whom were from very big firms. When I came upon Waterhouse Lawyers I immediately felt that I had found the right people even though we were miles apart. I engaged Tania and her team without a moment’s hesitation and was on board as a client minutes after discussion with one of her team.

Tania and her team have exceeded my expectations in all respects. At last I can sleep at night and find speaking to them a bright spot in my day. They quickly put me at ease by breaking down my issues into separate parts and providing solutions for each. Their honesty and really profession approach to client interactions is enhanced with their ability to make you feel that they are part of your family and really do care about outcomes that are in your best interest rather than feeding the corporate revenue stream.

I unreservedly commend Tania and her team to anyone with a Tax related issue.

Philip K—November 2015

Big thank you from a happy yachtie

Dear Tania,

Well I would just like to thank you the hard work you applied in my case of non residency for tax purposes. Your background knowledge and experience in previous cases with yacht crew is clearly evident when dealing with Waterhouse.

The kind assistance throughout the ordeal was professional and courteous and was consistently kept up to date from start to finish, I will definitely recommend your firm to my fellow colleagues in the yachting industry!!!

Stuart E—July 2018

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Law Council of Australia - Tax Lawyer Sydney Melbourne
law society of new south wales - Tax Lawyer Sydney Melbourne
the tax institute - Tax Lawyer Sydney Melbourne
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