Founded in 2013, Independent Reserve is a well-established crypto exchange that serves users globally, but primarily serves crypto investors in Australia and New Zealand. If you're using Independent Reserve to invest in crypto - the ATO wants to know about it. You'll need to calculate your capital gains and income from crypto and declare it in your annual lodgment by the 31st of October. Here's how to do your Independent Reserve taxes:
The ATO is clear crypto is subject to tax in Australia - and you can learn all about it in our Australia crypto tax guide. You’ll pay Capital Gains Tax or Income Tax, depending on your specific transactions:
Yes, Independent Reserve may share customer data with the ATO on request. As an AUSTRAC registered company, Independent Reserve agrees to share KYC data with the relevant authorities including the ATO.
You need to report any gains, losses or income from your Independent Reserve transactions to the ATO as part of your annual tax return. You can do this via the myTax portal, or using paper forms NAT 2541 & NAT 2670.
If you’re doing this yourself, you’ll need to start by identifying the cost basis for each asset, your taxable transactions and the kind of tax that applies, and then calculate your gains and losses using an allowable cost basis method - and separate short and long-term gains! Worse still - not only do you need to do this for your Independent Reserve transactions, but you’ll need to do it for each crypto exchange and wallet you traded with.
Fortunately, Koinly makes this easy. Just connect Independent Reserve and Koinly automatically via API or by uploading a CSV file. Koinly then calculates your Independent Reserve taxes and generates your myTax report, ready to file with the ATO. Here’s how to connect.
The easiest way to do your Independent Reserve taxes is to connect to crypto tax software via API. Just log in to Independent Reserve and head to settings, then API. Create a read-only API key and copy your API key and secret, then paste this into your crypto tax calculator when adding a new wallet. You can see these steps in detail below.
You only need a read only API to connect Koinly & Independent Reserve. So don’t worry about Koinly having trade access or other access to your Independent Reserve account.
You'll need to start by downloading a CSV file with your full trading history from Independent Reserve before you can upload it to Koinly and there’s a couple of CSV files you’ll need - here's how.
Now you've got your CSV file, here's how to upload it to Koinly.
1. Don’t forget to tag your transactions according to the ATO’s crypto tax rules.
2. Remember, you'll need your complete transaction history from Independent Reserve - for however long you've had your account - so Koinly can calculate your cost basis, short-term and long-term capital gains accurately.
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No, Independent Reserve doesn’t provide a tax report for the ATO or any other tax office. However, you can generate one using a crypto tax calculator.
There's a couple of ways to get your Independent Reserve transaction history to do your taxes:
1. Connect to Independent Reserve via API using a crypto tax calculator like Koinly to automatically fetch you transaction history and calculate your taxes.
2. Export a CSV file of your Independent Reserve transaction history. You can then calculate your taxes yourself or upload it to a crypto tax calculator.
No, Independent Reserve doesn’t provide a financial or EOFY statement for users, so you’ll need to use your transaction history to calculate your taxes.
Yes - you’ll pay tax on any capital gains or income from your Independent Reserve transactions. And if you’re thinking of avoiding your taxes? Don’t - the penalties are steep!
Yes. Independent Reserve is a safe and secure crypto exchange and has not suffered any hacks to date.
Yes, Independent Reserve requires KYC verification for users. This is because it’s an AUSTRAC registered digital currency exchange and in order to comply with AUSTRAC requirements, exchanges must have KYC verification in place.
Independent Reserve has not yet published a Merkle Tree proof of reserves, but may do so in the future to reassure customers their assets are safe on the platform. Independent Reserve states on its site that the exchange maintains 1:1 reserves of all client assets and engages with external auditors to undertake an annual audit in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards - which includes verification of all client asset holdings.
Although Independent Reserve is most popular in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, the exchange actually serves users around the world including most countries in Europe and North America like the USA, the UK and Canada. If you need to file your Independent Reserve taxes in another country, Koinly can help with that too!