Cryptocurrency Taxes

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Are you on that crypto yet? Cause I am...

If you're looking for a tax pro that knows crypto, then Dave is The One (NEO... Matrix...crypto...get it?!) Dave is not only a personal investor in BTC and other alt coins, but Burton & Co represents clients that invest long-term, actively trade, as well as Mine as a Business (MaaB).  We're here to help guide you through the taxes of the most exciting technology and investment opportunity in a generation.  

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Why would I need a cryptocurrency tax Accountant?

One of the most common misconceptions about cryptocurrencies is that, because they are not issued by a central government, there is no need to pay taxes on profits from trading or mining them. While this is indeed the case in some countries around the world, users in the United States are not so lucky.

In the United States all profits made from the purchases and sales of digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are subject to capital gains taxes. This is because they are treated as property (much like stocks, real estate, or gold). However, it’s important to keep in mind that all the rules that apply to these other assets do not also apply to cryptocurrencies.

The laws around how crypto taxes work are fairly new and will continue to evolve alongside this groundbreaking technology. This makes it all the more important to consult an expert if you’ve experienced profits (or losses) via any cryptocurrency related activities.

What are the United States cryptocurrency tax rules?

While every individual’s experience is different and subject to the tax laws of their specific jurisdiction, the high-level cryptocurrency tax rules you should be aware of are that:

  • Trading from a cryptocurrency to fiat currency like USD is a taxable event

  • Trading from one cryptocurrency to another cryptocurrency (i.e. from Bitcoin to Ethereum) is also a taxable event

  • Spending cryptocurrency on goods or services is a taxable event

  • A transfer of the same cryptocurrency from a wallet address to another wallet address is not considered a taxable event, but you should still maintain a record of the transaction

  • Selling coins that were mined is considered a taxable event

  • Selling coins that were airdropped via a fork (i.e. Bitcoin Cash received from the Bitcoin fork) is considered a taxable event

  • Trying to hide cryptocurrency assets or profits is considered tax evasion

  • Capital gains losses can sometimes be claimed on cryptocurrencies sold at a loss

  • Businesses based on mining or using crypto have unique guidelines

  • Holding cryptocurrency without selling is not considered a taxable event

These bullet points are a brief summary, but there are other detailed rules and regulations around crypto taxes that any serious trader or miner should be aware of. If you took part in anything other than simply buying crypto to hold in a wallet, you should highly consider discussing your potential tax liabilities with a professional. While the laws will continue to develop, one thing is clear: the IRS expects you to make a good faith effort in reporting cryptocurrency activities.

With the spread of quick access to investing in the U.S. via Coinbase and popular Coinbase alternatives, the need for expertise in crypto taxes continues to spread. The technology is exciting, but many people are failing to grasp the reporting requirements. A clear understanding of your personal tax responsibilities is vital to participating in this growing economy. Contact Dave Burton today to ensure that you are properly reporting all cryptocurrency related activities!