On October 10, 2022, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released its new global tax reporting standards for cryptocurrency and other digital assets, the Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF) and Amendments to the Common Reporting Standard. The CARF provides standards that, if adopted by jurisdictions, would require cryptocurrency exchanges, intermediaries, and other service providers to report to tax authorities required tax information related to certain crypto-asset transactions.
In response to the rapid use and adoption of cryptocurrency, the G-20 mandated the OECD develop a framework for the exchange of tax information for crypto-assets. According to the OECD, crypto-assets are often transferred without the use of traditional financial intermediaries and the CARF addresses coverage gaps in the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) to develop an international reporting framework to ensure standardized tax reporting for crypto-asset transactions.
The CARF includes model rules and commentary for countries to implement domestic laws to collect information related to crypto-asset transactions and is focused on four key areas: (1) the scope of crypto-assets to be covered, (2) the entities and individuals subject to reporting, (3) the transactions subject to reporting, and (4) due diligence procedures.