Taxation of cryptocurrencies


Cryptocurrencies are more than just digital assets these days – they are also taxable assets in Switzerland. In this article, you will learn how to properly handle the taxation of your cryptocurrencies.

As taxes can be a complex topic, we will focus on individuals who buy and hold cryptocurrencies from the Cryptonow portfolio (such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Avalanche, Polkadot, and Solana).

In Switzerland, cryptocurrencies are generally considered assets and are therefore subject to wealth tax. As such, you must list them in the securities section of your tax return under "Other Assets."

When preparing your tax return, it's important to note that the value of your cryptocurrencies at year-end is relevant for reporting. Here's some good news for individual investors: Typically, you do not have to pay taxes on capital gains resulting from the sale of cryptocurrencies. This means you can keep the gains from price increases without paying additional income taxes.

However, if you trade cryptocurrencies as a professional investor, different rules apply. Gains from price increases are then considered income and are subject to income tax. The tax rules for cryptocurrencies can be complex, especially for professional investors. In this case, we strongly recommend seeking professional tax advice to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.

This straightforward explanation should provide private crypto investors with a good overview of how to handle the taxation of their cryptocurrencies in Switzerland. However, please note that tax laws can change, so it's important to stay updated and seek advice from a tax expert when necessary. Armed with this knowledge, you can manage your cryptocurrencies successfully and legally.

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