The revenue recipient, the Israeli Revenue Service (ITA), has reportedly sent reports to dozens of Israelis who own digital currency, requesting that their assets be made public in full and taxed accordingly. In addition to sending letters to local citizens, the tax authorities have also sent inquiries to cryptocurrency exchanges operating in Israel and located outside the country.
Sharing of data
Reports of the notices and inquiries sent out by the income provider were preceded by speculation in the Israeli media that tax experts across the country were “putting pressure on the digital currency market.” But as Globes is now reportthe ITA wants to “obtain information about Israelis trading in this currency”. Before sending notices and inquiries to crypto exchanges, the Israeli revenue recipient had “received data on Israelis’ European-based funds and accounts.”
Israel receives this data in accordance with the “EU Common Reporting Standards (CRS) regulations for the automatic exchange of financial account information.” Likewise, the Israeli tax collector would have made a different arrangement with its counterpart in the United States. The report explains:
Additional information comes through the FATCA agreement, which transmits US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data to Israel.
Meanwhile, the Globes report attempts to link the “renewed interest” in the taxation of cryptocurrencies “with the resurgence of digital currencies, especially the jump in bitcoin, along with an intense need to fill the treasury.”
Capital gains tax
Still, prior to its latest interest in taxing cryptocurrency holders, the ITA had published its position on cryptocurrencies in 2018. According to that published document, Israeli ‘investors in digital currencies are subject to a 25% capital gains tax as long as their activity does not turn into a commercial venture. “
Nevertheless, in the event that this becomes a commercial activity, “the owners will pay a two-tier corporate tax, or a marginal tax according to the individual tax brackets.” In the meantime, according to the Globes report, the Israeli tax authorities’ letters to Israeli crypto holders are intended to encourage them to voluntarily “report their income before the tax authorities approach them.”
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