South Korea is delaying its planned crypto tax on digital assets for another two years, Ministry of Economy and Finance tax policy chief Ko Kwang-hyo announced on Thursday.

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Fast facts

  • A 20% tax on crypto asset gains was scheduled to kick in on Jan. 1, 2023, but Ko’s announcement delays the levy to 2025. 
  • South Korea initially planned to impose a 20% tax on crypto from the start of 2022, but the plan was pushed back to 2023 due to heavy backlash from investors. 
  • A 20% tax on capital gains above 50 million Korean won (US$38,624.95) from stock trading, which was planned to go into effect from 2023, has also been delayed to 2025. 
  • Ko’s announcement was part of the new economic policy roadmap under President Yoon Suk-yeol, who previously said the crypto tax should come after preparing sufficient market infrastructure.
  • The roadmap reiterated that the upcoming “Digital Assets Basic Act” will regulate issuance and listing of cryptocurrencies.

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