Accounting for Taxes in Forex Tradingby Boris Schlossberg
One function that most new FX traders overlook is tax reporting. Because FX is a global, unregulated market, dealers as a general rule do not provide any documentation to the tax authorities in the trader's country of residence. Tax reporting is solely the responsibility of the trader. Dealers simply produce detailed transaction histories - in an electronic format - from which the traders must then compile their own tax reports. Such an arrangement clearly calls for a trading platform with highly organized and flexible reporting functions. But reporting quality varies greatly from dealer to dealer: all dealers will provide you with a full transaction report, but how those transactions are laid out could mean the difference between spending hundreds of hours on reconciliation or taking one minute to print out a final report to present to your accountant.