South Korean Taxman to Be Granted Right to Search Crypto Tax Evaders’ Homes
Things are going from bad to worse for South Korean crypto investors. Fresh from seeing their crypto exchange options shrivel to just four, heavily audited platforms on Friday, they are now being told that if they seek to sidestep crypto trading profits reporting protocols, their coins could be liquidated – and bailiffs could be sent to search their houses.
Crypto is not yet taxable in South Korea, but as of January 1, 2022, all crypto profits above USD 2,100 will need to be declared, and traders will be forced to pay a flat rate of 20% on their earnings above this threshold.
In addition, local branches of the National Tax Service (NTS) have been executing a countrywide crackdown on individuals they suspect of making crypto buys in order to avoid declaring income. This initiative has seen millions of USD worth of tokens seized and in many instances liquidated by the NTS, which demands not only overdue tax bills, but also fines in some instances.