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Comprehensive tax framework for the rapidly expanding crypto-asset market

Countries around the world, including major players like the US, UK, and Germany, are uniting to establish a comprehensive tax framework for the rapidly expanding crypto-asset market.

Comprehensive tax framework for the rapidly expanding crypto-asset market

Over 40 nations, ranging from Cyprus to Singapore, have committed to incorporating the OECD's Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF) into their domestic laws. This move, as outlined in a joint statement released on November 10, is in response to the need for an international standard for the automatic exchange of information among tax authorities.

The CARF, a creation of the OECD and endorsed by influential economies such as the US, UK, and Germany, received approval from the G20 in November 2022. The primary objective of the framework is to establish a global tax transparency mechanism focused on the automatic exchange of tax-related information concerning crypto-asset transactions.

The participating nations expressed their determination to swiftly integrate the CARF into their national legislation to keep up with the dynamic developments and growth in the crypto-asset market. The statement emphasized the importance of preventing any erosion of recent advancements in global tax transparency. The proposed timeline for this integration is to have exchanges operational by 2027, contingent upon individual countries' legislative procedures.

The countries involved in this initiative underscored the significance of "widespread, consistent, and timely" implementation of the CARF. They believe that such implementation will enhance their ability to ensure tax compliance and combat tax evasion effectively.

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"As jurisdictions that play host to active crypto markets, we therefore intend to work towards swiftly transposing the CARF into domestic law and activating exchange agreements in time for exchanges to commence by 2027, subject to national legislative procedures as applicable," the joint statement affirmed.

To maintain coherence and facilitate a seamless implementation process for both businesses and governments, the signatory jurisdictions committed to implementing amendments to the Common Reporting Standard, as agreed upon by the OECD earlier in the year. This collaborative effort aims to establish a robust regulatory framework that aligns with the evolving nature of the crypto-asset market while addressing global concerns related to tax compliance and transparency.


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