In Canada, cryptocurrencies can essentially be treated as money, a commodity, or even income. This makes things quite difficult. According to a report by a law firm, the current regulations on cryptocurrencies are not enough and people are struggling to figure out how they should be reporting these transactions.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said his country isn’t planning on making changes to existing tax code to deal with cryptocurrencies. Rather, the main focus will continue to be on “making sure that we understand what’s going on underneath that market, to make sure that we aren’t introducing any risks into our economy, whether they be risks like money laundering or terrorist financing.”
Right there, in Canada, decade-old tax rules with no specific provisions for cryptocurrencies are being applied to a fast-changing online technology that presents its own complications. The existing system generally considers Bitcoin a commodity, and profits can be either a capital gain (half of which is taxed) or fully taxable income, like a salary. Really, it depends on the facts and circumstances of a particular taxpayer.
On the other hand, the Canadian governor warns people to stay away from virtual currencies saying, “Buyers should beware, it’s much closer to gambling than investing.” He said regulations will eventually come and they will be developing regulations around this space in due course while they’re being careful to do here is to not stifle innovation.
Read the talks with Poloz here: http://blocktribune.com/bank-canada-head-will-regulate-cryptocurrency/
Meanwhile, news like these are running the errands: Fried chicken chain KFC Canada is accepting bitcoin – for a limited time and for a cryptocurrency-themed bucket of chicken, that is. The limited-time marketing move sees the Canada-based chain advertising “The Bitcoin Bucket” complete with a Facebook-based live-tracker of the standing price for the product, which works out to roughly 20 Canadian dollars depending on the exchange rate with bitcoin.
Also, the Canadian government has launched a trial to explore the use of blockchain technology in making government research grant and funding information more transparent to the public.
It has been noted that Canada may soon be able to count itself among the world’s prime cryptocurrency mining destinations. Canada might be able to solve Bitcoin’s energy problem, as cryptocurrency mining becomes more prevalent, mining operations increasingly use more energy.
Let us wait to watch the picture of Canada with cryptocurrencies.