South Korea’s incoming finance minister, Hong Nam-ki, has reportedly unveiled his government’s taxation plans for cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings. A task force consisting of experts from government agencies and the private sector will be formed to examine overseas cases to establish domestic cryptocurrency tax rules.
Korean Crypto Taxation Plans
The South Korean government is “planning to tax cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings [ICOs],” The Korea Times reported on Monday, citing a written statement by the country’s incoming finance minister, Hong Nam-ki.
Hong Nam-ki at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
President Moon Jae-in nominated Hong last month to replace Kim Dong-yeon as the country’s finance minister. He has been serving as the chief of the government policy coordination office, under the prime minister’s office. “Hong must go through a parliamentary confirmation hearing, though his nomination is not subject to approval by lawmakers,” Yonhap News Agency explained. “In South Korea, Prime Minister is the only cabinet post that requires a vote by legislators.”
On Sunday, Hong submitted written answers to questions asked by an opposition lawmaker about his tax policies to the National Assembly. They were for his confirmation hearing which took place on Tuesday, the publication noted.
“The taxation plan would be finalized in accordance with the creation and progress of the taxation infrastructure and the trend on international discussions,” Hong was quoted by The Korea Times as saying. He added:
A task force consisting of experts from relevant government agencies including the National Tax Service and the private sector will be formed to examine overseas examples and hammer out the taxation plan.