NOV 10, 2023
Korea Joins OECD’s CARF initiative to enhance crypto tax compliance
The South Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance issued a press release to declare the country’s involvement in the Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF). This program, developed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is designed to promote tax compliance and combat tax evasion in the realm of cryptocurrency. The initiative brings together 48 countries and jurisdictions, such as France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Target year of 2027
In the joint statement released on Nov. 10, the participants of the CARF expressed their commitment to its widespread and timely implementation, aiming to enhance the effectiveness of the regime. They plan to align their domestic laws and enforce agreements by 2027, the year targeted by the OECD for exchanging relevant information. The statement also encouraged other jurisdictions to participate in this global effort.
Updating laws and activating agreements
Korea’s commitment to international cooperation, as indicated in the joint statement, shows its intention to update domestic laws and activate exchange agreements. This preparation will pave the way for the exchange of crypto-asset transaction information to commence in 2027, adhering to the OECD’s proposed timeline. Such a step is anticipated to significantly contribute to the broad implementation of the CARF. The Economy Ministry stated that Korea is committed to ongoing participation in international efforts aimed at preventing tax evasion and enhancing tax transparency.
In September, during a tax administration forum in Seoul, experts suggested that Korea’s potential participation in the OECD’s CARF would require more than just legislative amendments. They highlighted the necessity for Korea to develop a cooperative system involving both virtual asset service providers (VASPs) and regulatory authorities, explaining that this approach would ensure a smooth and effective implementation of the CARF in Korea.