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We Urge The IRS to Provide Better Guidance on Cryptocurrency Rules

Following an explosive 2017, many of the cryptocurrencies we are commonly familiar with reached their all-time peak values in January of 2018 before the market took a spectacular turn for worse and began a correction that lasted for the entire year. During the year, many cryptocurrencies you are familiar with witnessed staggering losses. Bitcoin alone lost more than $250 billion, or 80% of its value, Ethereum lost more than 90% of its value, and other cryptocurrencies suffered similar losses. It was practically impossible to read the news without seeing reports on how poorly the market was doing, or how much money investors were losing by the ...

The IRS and Cryptocurrency Transactions

Both digital currencies and cryptocurrencies have been around for several years (Bitcoin since 2009), but only in the past couple of years has the IRS begun to really focus its enforcement on cryptocurrency transactions. So far the IRS approach has been focused on Enforcement and Punishment, rather than amnesty and voluntary prior year disclosure, a “Stick” approach (punishment) without the “Carrot” (reward). The current IRS approach presents both taxpayer risk and opportunity. In 2014 the IRS issued Notice 2014-21 that rules virtual currencies (Cryptocurrency Transactions) are to be taxed as property. This establishes a reporting ...