The Charity Commission advised in a release on Wednesday that English and Welsh organisations accepting cryptocurrency donations should maintain accurate records and adhere to tax and money-laundering laws. The regulator advised charities to carefully consider accepting assets like Bitcoin (BTC) or non-fungible tokens (NFT) is even worthwhile given how volatile, hacker-prone, and difficult to trace they may be.
According to Helen Stephenson, who in a speech delivered the same day chief executive officer of the Commission reflected on how the advisory emphasises the dangers related to cryptocurrency usage and caution is advised for trustees.
In a blog post from July 2022, the Assistant Director of Policy Sam Jackson claimed that cryptocurrency might become a more popular way to invest in, trade, and move assets. He based this claim on the success of Ukrainian fundraising efforts that used digital assets and the UK’s ambition to become a centre for cryptocurrency.
The Commission is closely watching nonprofits that accept cryptocurrency donations despite the potential advantages. It said in January that it was looking into Sam Bankman-Fried’s exchange, FTX, which declared bankruptcy in November and gave significant financial support to the Effective Ventures Foundation. Because of this, organisations should examine the benefits and drawbacks of receiving Bitcoin donations before doing so.
Direct donations of appreciated crypto are not subject to capital gains taxes and may also be deducted from the donor’s overall gross income, providing donors with a compelling tax incentive to choose crypto over cash donations. As a result, donors have continued to reward nonprofits that promoted their crypto options to their supporters. Over the last year, charity giving using digital assets has increased. As opposed to just 12 in 2019, over half of the organisations on Forbes’ list of “America’s 100 Top Charities of 2022” accept crypto donations.
The Web3 community joined together during the war crisis in Ukraine in 2022 and the earthquake that earlier this year left sections of Turkey and Syria in ruins. Seeing such a growth, it is important to understand and eradicate any possible financial fraud that may happen in the name of charity. Thus, this step taken by the UK authorities is an example setting forward a brighter crypto future.