Ample Money : U.K. Won't Accept Cryptocurrency for Tax Bills, Minister Says

HM Revenue and Customs, the U.K.’s chief tax authority, won’t be accepting cryptocurrency as a payment option anytime soon.

At least that’s according to Lord Michael Bates, a  who addressed the question e to a question from a member of Parliament, Lord Jonathan Harris.

Lord Bates wrote:

“HM Revenue and Customs does not offer digital currencies as a payment method and has no current plans to do so.”

Profits made on speculation in cryptocurrency “are currently chargeable at the normal Capital Gains Tax rates, depending on the facts of the case,” Bates wrote from Lord Harris.

Those gains could be considerable. Bitcoin alone has made a 10x return since the end of last year, including briefly crossing the psychological this week. At press time, bitcoin is trading at £6,992.34.

Lord Harris asked several other questions concerning cryptocurrency regulation.

In to another, Lord Bates said that the government plans to bring wallet providers and exchanges under anti-money-laundering rules, pending amendments to a European Union . Negotiations over those amendments should wrap up by early next year, he told Lord Harris.

“This will require such firms to conduct due diligence upon their customers, with their activities being overseen by national competent authorities for these areas,” Bates wrote.

And in answering Lord Harris’ question about U.K. banks’ to digital currency firms and their employees – a problem faced by startups in the space for years – Bates .

“The stance of individual firms towards providers of digital currencies is a commercial decision for those firms, and it would not be appropriate for the Government to intervene,” he wrote.

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