If you own Bitcoins, be ready to face the taxes
January 25, 2018 10:01 pm
Bitcoin may fall under Tax Implications
Regardless of whether you’ve used bitcoin as an investment or as a cash, you owe taxes on it.
To the extent Uncle Sam is concerned, bitcoin isn’t cash. It’s property. That is when you purchase something with bitcoin, it’s two Transactions, not one. What you’re really doing is offering a property (bitcoin) for a money esteem and afterward utilizing cash from that deal to purchase an item. So each and everyone purchases you make with Bitcoin, it must be accounted for your taxes.
For common people, however, bitcoin is just an investment. On the other hand, if you’ve held Bitcoins for not more than a year and sold them, that money will be taxed as income. In the event that you’ve held for over a year, it’s taxed as a capital gain — which could run 20%. Including exchange and bookkeeping charges could raise expenses to 60%, similar to the case for one early Bitcoin adopter.
However, here’s the issue: Almost nobody reports this.
From 2013 to 2015, less than 900 individuals every year informed Bitcoin exchanges to the IRS. That provoked the IRS in 2014 to mark cryptocurrency as property back and lately serve a summons to Coinbase. In it, the organization required the records of more than 14,000 clients who have
“purchased, sold, sent or received, in any event, $20,000 worth of bitcoin in a given year.”
A government court limited the extent of the summons at the end of the day the decision was in favor of the IRS. The duty status of those exchanges is unrevealed.
Pushing ahead, however, there might be some relief. A bipartisan bill, “The Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Act,” was introduced to Congress in September. It’s looking to make a duty exception for crypto transactions under $600.
Some stay confident for absolution, yet it would seem that Uncle Sam is as yet ready to get a fair cut of the bitcoin activity.