OECD releases final fiscal valuation guidance for crypto-assets

BVWireIssue #242-3
November 16, 2022

global business valuation
international business valuation, intangible, accounting, cryptocurrency

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published the final Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF), which provides for the automatic exchange of information between countries on crypto-assets. These are intended as global standards, though the U.S. likely will not adopt them, and it’s left to individual countries to apply them within their own jurisdictions.

The final CARF provides some guidance on hard-to-value assets. They allow analysts to rely on the second value of new resulting property if the hard-to-value asset is exchanged. In addition, if the relevant crypto-asset service provider does not maintain an applicable reference value, it may rely on, first, the internal accounting book values with respect to the relevant crypto-asset should be used. If a book value is not available, a value provided by third-party companies or websites that aggregate current prices of relevant crypto-assets must be used if the valuation method that third party used is reasonably expected to provide a reliable indicator of value. If neither of the above is available, the most recent valuation of the relevant crypto-asset must be used. If a value can still not be attributed, a reasonable estimate may be applied as a measure of last resort.

Prior to the release of the final rules, based on responses to the initial March 2022 draft, the OECD revised many provisions including the definition of covered assets, the treatment of decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms, and who would be required to report. The final rules include a new threshold of $US50,000 for retail transaction reporting.

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