Income tax – bonuses paid in crypto-assets
This ruling replaces BR PUB 19/02 which considered the income tax treatment of crypto-assets received by employees as bonus payments. The income tax treatment in the ruling remains the same. However, the Commissioner is aware that some aspects of the arrangement ruled on and the commentary may be inconsistent with the Wages Protection Act 1983 and the Minimum Wage Act 1983, and this has been addressed in the revised ruling.
BR Pub 19/02 is being withdrawn on 28 February 2021. The Commissioner will continue to be bound by BR Pub 19/02 for arrangements entered into on or before 28 February 2021 until 1 September 2022.
See Notice of withdrawal for BR Pub 19/02
See related ruling BR Pub 21/01: Income tax – salary and wages paid in crypto-assets
Income Tax Act 2007sections CE 1, CE 7, CX 2, CX 4, RD 3, RD 5, and the YA 1 definition of “amount”
CIR v Smythe  1 NZLR 673