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South Korea Enhances Accounting Transparency for Virtual Assets: New Rules and Challenges Ahead

The approval of the Virtual Assets Act in South Korea has led the government to enhance transparency in accounting for virtual asset transactions. Companies issuing or holding virtual assets will now be required to provide clear and detailed information. On July 11, the South Korea Financial Services Commission reviewed and approved an exposure draft to revise Corporate Accounting Standards No. 1001, which includes mandatory disclosure requirements for virtual assets and guidelines for their accounting treatment.

To comply with the new rules, cryptocurrency issuers in South Korea must include extensive disclosures in their financial statements. These disclosures cover various aspects such as internal accounting practices, details of crypto token sales, and specifics of token holdings. The regulations also apply to corporate entities holding cryptocurrencies.

An additional accounting challenge related to virtual assets is the inability to recognize the costs incurred in developing virtual assets and platforms as intangible assets. Since these activities may not meet the criteria set by the intangible assets standard, companies must assess their virtual assets annually to determine if there is any impairment in their intrinsic value.

Internationally, the United States, which lacks specific accounting guidelines for virtual assets, has taken steps to implement fair-value accounting principles. A proposal announced in February mandates that public and private companies differentiate crypto assets from intangible assets like patents in their financial statements. Companies will also need to report gains and losses on crypto assets in their net income. However, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has yet to establish accounting standards for virtual assets and has instead published guidelines.

The need for clear regulations, as demonstrated by the recent United States District Court ruling that XRP is not a security, is crucial for the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies. This includes determining the categorization and taxation of virtual assets.


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