CA ANZ provided feedback on this draft ruling which follows two draft Public Rulings recently consulted on: “PUB00344: Income tax – salary and wages paid in cryptocurrency” and “PUB00344: Income tax – bonuses paid in cryptocurrency”. It considers a further situation in which an employee could receive cryptocurrency in connection with their employment.
One key issue from the previous Issues Paper was the existence of a valid salary sacrifice. We agree with the decision to limit the rulings to the situation where there is a valid salary sacrifice. This of course leave open the question as to the treatment where there is not a valid salary sacrifice. We assume this topic will be addressed in a later public statement.
In our view the decision to subject cryptocurrency payments, which have characteristics akin to currency to the PAYE rules should assist employer payroll compliance.
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