Do I have to pay taxes when I trade from one cryptocurrency to another?

Do I have to pay taxes when I trade from one cryptocurrency to another? Do I have to pay taxes when I trade from one cryptocurrency to another?

1 Expert Answer

Sean Duffy

CPA, CMA, Senior Manager, Accounting Solutions,  Welch LLP

When you trade one cryptocurrency for another type of cryptocurrency, the CRA considers this a barter transaction. Since the value of the cryptocurrency has increased, any capital gains will be realized on the date you sold it.


If you are the one who traded cryptocurrencies for another type of cryptocurrency and sold that one for more than what you paid, then you most likely owe taxes on this capital gain. If you are the one who paid less, then this is considered a capital loss. Capital losses are not deductible on your tax return like income losses.

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