Taxation of crypto currency
There has historically been quite a bit of confusion on how virtual currencies would be taxed. Some believe that they qualify for like-kind treatment, some believe that all must be reported as capital gains, and some are just confused as to what to do with their 1099-K form from coinbase.
We can first say that much of the information you will find on forums, non-CPA blog posts, and twitter is either slightly incorrect or completely incorrect. This has lead many to mis-report their cryptocurrency transactions.
Some important points are:
- You may possibly qualify for the qualified trader election
- You may be able to net gains/losses from your crypto toward other items on your return, such as ordinary income, other equity transactions, etc.
- Income from mining, employment, etc. that is paid in crypto is reported differently than income from trading
- If you exchange one coin for another, yes, that is a reportable transaction. However, do not be overwhelmed with the thought of reconciling records of many trades across many exchanges – we have a simple process to aggregate this information.