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What We Know about How the IRS Treats Taxation of Cryptocurrencies

What We Know about How the IRS Treats Taxation of Cryptocurrencies

THURS, JAN 25th, 2018

The IRS has provided little guidance regarding virtual currencies such as bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. The most notable IRS publication, Notice 2014-21, states “For federal tax purposes, virtual currency is treated as property. General tax principles applicable to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency.”

What does this IRS statement mean to virtual currency users? It means that you will need to file and/or pay taxes if you traded, sold, or used virtual currencies to make a purchase. Consider the following scenarios:

1. If you bought a virtual currency and sold it for a gain, …

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