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Switzerland Considers Implementing Global Crypto Reporting Framework To Aid Transparency

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Swiss Crypto News: Switzerland crypto regulators issued report suggesting implementing the Cryptocurrency Asset Reporting Framework (CARF).

Swiss crypto news often flies under the radar, but the most recent move from Switzerland’s crypto regulators is making waves after they issued a report suggesting implementing the Cryptocurrency Asset Reporting Framework (CARF).

On 15 May 2024, Switzerland issued a report expressing interest in implementing the Cryptocurrency Asset Reporting Framework (CARF) – designed to provide clear guidelines for both individual investors and businesses dealing in crypto. 

The CARF outlines the procedures for reporting various types of crypto transactions, including trading gains, mining income and token staking rewards. The CARF’s meticulous approach of record-keeping is intended to prevent tax evasion and ensure that all taxable events are accurately captured. 

One of the key features of this framework is the emphasis on simplifying the reporting process, making it more accessible to the average crypto user. 

The Swiss Federal Council started a consultation to clarify some of its standard’s legal language including penalties for negligence with disclosure requirements and simplify information exchange with new countries using the same standard, according to a Bloomberg report.

Implications of Crypto Tax Reporting Framework For Switzerland 

“Implementation of the CARF will expand Switzerland’s progressive crypto market regulation and help to maintain the credibility and reputation of the Swiss financial centre,” said the Federal Council in its report.

The introduction of the CARF has significant implications for both Swiss residents and the international crypto community. 

Moreover, the CARF could serve as a model for other countries looking to regulate the taxation of cryptocurrencies. By establishing a clear and comprehensive reporting system, Switzerland is paving the way for greater acceptance and integration of digital assets into the global financial system.

Recently, UBS – the largest Swiss banking institution – has officially acquired Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), including cryptocurrency in traditional finance.

By 2027, 47 countries would have pledged to CARF. According to the Australian government’s statement issued last year, “To keep pace with the rapid development and growth of the crypto-asset market and to ensure that recent gains in global tax transparency will not be gradually eroded, we welcome the new international standard on automatic exchange of information between tax authorities developed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).”

“The widespread, consistent and timely implementation of the CARF will further improve our ability to ensure tax compliance and clamp down on tax evasion, which reduces public revenues and increases the burden on those who pay their taxes,” the Australian Treasury added. 

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Disclaimer: Crypto is a high-risk asset class. This article is provided for informational purposes and does not constitute investment advice. You could lose all of your capital.

Akriti Seth is a Zurich-based business journalist and crypto editor. Her passion for journalism has taken her across the globe – from thriving as an on-television correspondent to writing engaging articles, she has worked for companies like Informa UK, Bloomberg TV India, CNA Singapore. Akriti’s interest in the cryptocurrency space stems from her writing for Crypto Council for Innovation and Daily Coin. She believes that decentralisation technology has the potential to empower marginalised communities across the world. Entrepreneur Magazine, Hindustan Times, Tech Panda, Hackernoon and other publications have featured Akriti’s writings.

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