eToro is a popular crypto exchange worldwide, offering investors low fees and an easy to use interface. For new crypto investors, eToro has a virtual dummy account to give you a trial run navigating the world of crypto before you dive in head-first. There's also excellent advice and strategies from more experienced crypto investors available within the platform. Koinly can help you do your eToro taxes safely, quickly, and accurately.
The tax you'll pay on your eToro transactions all depends on where you live and the specific transactions you've made - so make sure to check out our crypto tax guides for the rules where you live. This said you'll generally pay one of two taxes:
Yes. eToro reports to the IRS as they issue 1099 forms to users. Any time you receive a 1099 form, the IRS receives an identical copy.
To start, you'll need to calculate any capital gains, losses or income from your eToro transactions. This means you need to identify each taxable transaction on eToro, identify your cost basis, calculate any subsequent capital gains or losses and calculate the fair market value of any income in your fiat currency on the day you received it.
You can do this yourself, but it's a lot of work. Especially as you need to do this for each crypto exchange and wallet you use. This is why most investors opt to use a crypto tax calculator like Koinly. With Koinly, all you need to do is import a CSV file of your eToro transactions and Koinly will calculate your eToro gains, income and more for you. Better still, Koinly can generate a range of crypto tax reports for investors around the world including IRS tax reports, ATO tax reports, HMRC tax reports and more.
Here's how it works.
You'll need to start by downloading an Excel file with your full trading history from eToro before you can upload it to Koinly - here's how.
Now you've got your Excel file, here's how to upload it to Koinly.
1. Even though you're only reporting your current financial year to your tax authority - Koinly needs your complete transaction history from eToro to calculate your long and short-term gains accurately. You can set a custom date period when you select the date range to make sure this is included in your Excel file.
2. You don't need to amend your Excel file from eToro in anyway - Koinly accepts the file as a whole, just download it from eToro and upload it to Koinly.
3. Unfortunately, your current holdings will not be visible on Koinly since the eToro export doesn’t include enough information for Koinly to import these. All closed positions are imported correctly though so your tax calculations will be accurate.
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Yes, eToro issues users with a variety of tax reports. These may be suitable for some users depending on their investments, but for the vast majority of crypto investors, eToro tax reports do not include the information they need to file their crypto taxes accurately.
You can download and export your eToro trading and transaction history within your eToro account. Then you can either upload this to a crypto tax calculator, or do your taxes manually.
Yes, eToro issues 1099 forms. US residents may receive a consolidated 1099-K or 1099-B form depending on their activities and investments. 1099-B forms list the proceeds and short-term capital gains and losses from investments, while the 1099-K form reports on all transactions broken down by month.
You can, in theory, but there are a couple of potential issues with your eToro 1099 form.
Firstly, it's important to note that due to the limitations of these forms, your 1099 forms from eToro may contain errors if you've transferred crypto on or off eToro as exchanges cannot track cost basis on other platforms. Learn more about 1099 forms and why they're not ideal for reporting crypto.
As well as this, eToro 1099 forms use the FIFO method as standard. This means your gains and losses are calculated on a first in, first out basis - so the asset you bought first is the asset you sold first. For many investors, this results in higher capital gains than using other cost basis methods. The IRS allows multiple cost basis methods, including Spec ID, LIFO, and HIFO, which may result in lower capital gains. To learn more about cost basis and how it can help you reduce your tax bill, check out our ultimate guide on FIFO, HIFO, LIFO, and Spec ID.
No, eToro does not provide an EOFY statement. But you can use your eToro transaction history export to create an end-of-year statement. Just set your date range to cover the last financial year.
Yes, you are required to calculate and pay any applicable taxes according to your country’s crypto tax rules. If you have made any capital gains or income as a result of your crypto investment activities on eToro, you'll need to report these to your tax office and pay taxes on them.
eToro only issues 1099 forms to some US users. If you’re going to receive a 1099 form from eToro, you should receive it by February of the following financial year at the latest.
Yes. eToro is widely regarded as a secure and compliant crypto exchange. However, your crypto is always safest in a non-custodial, cold wallet.
eToro has not yet announced a Merkle Tree proof of reserves audit.
eToro describes itself as a social investment platform. You can invest in a range of assets using the eToro platform including crypto, stocks, and ETFs.
eToro is widely regarded as a safe and secure platform to invest in crypto and other assets. Some popular features for eToro users include the ability to copy traders, as well as the virtual portfolio feature.
There are many copy traders on eToro to choose from and the right one for you will depend on your investment strategy and individual circumstances. For each copy trader, you can see how high their return has been for a given period of time, their risk score, and how many people are copying them. You should always do your own research to understand the risks involved before copying another trader.
Yes. When you purchase crypto on eToro you purchase the underlying asset. eToro buys your crypto on your behalf and holds it in your name.
While eToro is a secure exchange that follows best security practices, exchanges present an appealing target for hackers. The safest place to store your crypto is in a non-custodial, cold wallet. Learn more about the safest way to store crypto.