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How to buy USD Coin in Australia
Is USDC a good investment in Australia?
The USD coin was released in September 2018 as a bridge between dollars and trading on cryptocurrency exchanges. It means USD Coin is equal to USD but in the cryptocurrency world. Therefore, its price is always equal to $1. However, there were sometimes during its history when the price changed a bit, but that wasn’t that much to consider. Anyhow, the USDC price has never been more than $1, and less than $0.99. That shows how stable this coin has been through all these years.
Since the USDC price never changes, you might wonder if it is a good investment. To answer this question, we need to explain how stablecoins are used and invested. They are not considered an investment to get profit, but investors usually buy stablecoins to avoid the volatility of the cryptocurrency market. If the market seems so volatile, traders and investors swap their coins with USDC and keep it stable until they pass the bad days of this market. That’s how they can keep their assets safe from losing their value.
What is USD Coin ?
Circle is a financial technology company that created USD Coin with the collaboration of Coinbase. Their main goal was to help people gain more money on the internet and be able to exchange their coins more easily. The USD coin is considered a dollar in people’s digital wallets.
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Is USD Coin legal to buy in Australia?
Yes. According to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), cryptocurrencies are digital tokens. They are a type of digital currency that allows people to make payments directly to each other through an online system. Cryptocurrencies can be used to buy and sell things but they are not widely accepted as a means of payment. According to the above-mentioned explanation by the RBA, in Australia the prices of goods and services are measured in Australian dollars. While some businesses may accept cryptocurrencies as payment, they are not commonly used to measure and compare prices. So, while cryptocurrencies can be used to make payments, currently their use as a means of payment is limited and they do not display the key characteristics of money. However, there is one type of digital currency that could be considered money which is digital currency issued by the central bank.
Is USD Coin taxed in Australia
Yes. According to the Australian Government Taxation Office, cryptocurrencies are treated as property and subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT). So, Crypto investors have to report capital gains and losses within their Income Tax Return, and pay Income Tax on any net gains. The percentage of Income Tax they pay is the same as the Personal Income Tax rate, starting only from earnings above $18,201. According to the mentioned guideline, the tax treatment of your crypto assets will typically depend on whether you are seen as an individual investor or a trader making a regular income. If you hold shares as an investor, your shares are assets and are subject to capital gains tax when you sell them. If you are a share trader, your shares are treated like trading stock in a business and your gains are treated as ordinary income.
After you've bought USD Coin in Australia
USD Coins can be used to pay for goods or services. It is also tradable on most exchanges. Thus, you can trade your USDC to any other cryptocurrency whenever you want. USDC owners can always exchange it with the dollar and receive cash equal to the number of coins they have. For example, if you have 100 USD coins in your wallet, you can turn them into $100 cash. Furthermore, USDC offers investors safety during times of instability or downturn in the crypto market. Therefore, it is the best option for investors to keep their digital assets stable for a while. Since the price of USDC is always stable, they won’t lose much money. However, you should still read more about it to know if it is the best time to trade your current assets with USDC or buy this coin.
Who can buy USD Coin in Australia?
Anyone. One of the safest and easiest ways to buy cryptocurrency in Australia is to seek out a registered exchange. Australia supports various payment services such as: Apple pay, Google pay, Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Transfer and PayPal. Our exchange offers payments through the mentioned services using secure transactions while charging no exchange fees.
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Frequently asked questions
Most exchanges support USDC as a trusted and available coin. Find a suitable exchange to trade or buy this coin. However, some exchanges may ask you to pay additional money as the processing fee. But if you buy USDC in the BlockTrade exchange, you don’t have to pay that fee. That’s why Blocktrade is considered one of the cheapest and the most secure exchanges to buy crypto.
According to the crypto asset transactions guide by the Australian Government, Capital Gains Tax should be considered when you dispose of your crypto asset. If you make a capital gain after a disposal, you may pay tax on it. A transaction involving a disposal takes place when you do any of the following: sell a crypto asset, gift a crypto asset, trade, exchange or swap a crypto asset for another crypto asset, convert a crypto asset to Australian or foreign currency (otherwise known as fiat currency), and buy goods or services with a crypto asset.
According to the crypto asset record keeping guide by the Australian Government, you must keep records of each of your crypto assets and every transaction, to work out whether you have made a capital gain or loss. For your crypto assets, you should keep: receipts when you buy, transfer or dispose of crypto assets, a record of the date of each transaction, a record of what the transaction is for and who the other party is (this can just be their crypto asset address), exchange records, a record of the value of the crypto asset in Australian dollars at the time of each transaction, records of agent, accountant and legal costs, digital wallet records and keys, a record of software costs that relate to managing your tax affairs.
USD Coin will be available as long as the cryptocurrency world is still alive. Furthermore, since its price is stable and equal to the dollar, it would still be in use in the future.
It is estimated that 0.9 million people, 3.4% of the total Australian population, currently own at least one form of cryptocurrency.
The truth is that USD Coin is not as profitable as other cryptocurrencies. The main advantage it has is the stable price. Therefore, you can use this coin to stabilize your digital assets for a while or be able to exchange coins more efficiently.