IRS to summon users who don’t report and pay tax on crypto transactions

With the crypto community growing bigger and as trading volumes reach new highs, the United States is also making more effort to ensure that its Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could properly collect cryptocurrency tax.  U.S. Attorney Damian Williams, Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Hubbert and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig announced that U.S. judge Paul Gardephe authorized the IRS to issue a “John Doe summons,” a term used when the IRS investigates unknown taxpayers. The summons compels the New York-based M.Y. Safra Bank to submit information about taxpayers that might have…

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Get ready for even more incompetence at the IRS in 2023

The Internal Revenue Service is hiring 87,000 new agents, but taxpayers will not feel the pain for another two to three years. That’s how long it will take the agency to hire and train agents. Few have discussed the extent of this pain. Still, it’s something to think about when you consider the majority of coming audits will be conducted by new agents, many of whom will have been hastily hired and operating with minimal supervision. Playing the audit lottery will not be smart in future tax years. Taxpayers should…

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Biden is hiring 87,000 new IRS agents — and they’re coming for you

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law this month by President Joe Biden, empowers the IRS with nearly $80 billion in new funds. The world’s most powerful tax collection agency is using the money to go on a hiring spree to fuel much tougher enforcement efforts. It is widely assumed that the audits will be brutal and widespread. Taxes start with tax returns, which must be signed under penalties of perjury. The Biden administration has said that the audits on steroids are for fat cats who have escaped having to…

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IRS takes out John Doe summons on crypto prime dealer SFOX to find tax cheat customers

The Central District of California federal court entered an order Monday to authorize the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve a John Doe summons on SFOX, a Los Angeles-based cryptocurrency prime dealer. The IRS filed suit to receive the order, which directs SFOX to reveal the identities of customers who are U.S. taxpayers and documents relating to their cryptocurrency transactions equivalent to at least $20,000 carried out between 2016 and 2021.  The IRS filed suit in the Southern District of New York to receive a John Doe summons…

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Crypto donation startup launches IRS form as US tax season loom

Engiven, an enterprise cryptocurrency donation platform, is working to simplify tax reporting for cryptocurrency donors and nonprofits by launching a tax form and appraisal service for crypto donations. The Engiven platform now allows nonprofits and donors to automatically generate the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax form, the firm announced Tuesday. According to Engiven, nonprofits have to file IRS Form 8282 for crypto donations of $500 or more if donated funds are exchanged for the U.S. dollar, while donors must file Form 8283 with their tax return for the donation of…

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Crypto miners exempt from IRS reporting rules, US Treasury affirms

The cryptocurrency industry in the United States is about to score a major legal win as the U.S. Treasury Department plans to spare crypto miners, and other “ancillary parties” from tax reporting rules. In a letter to a group of senators on Friday, the U.S. Treasury indicated that it plans to exempt crypto miners, stakers and other market participants from rules that would require crypto brokers to share data on their clients’ transactions with the Internal Revenue Service. “Appreciate the Treasury Department affirming that crypto miners, stakers and those who…

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IRS court settlement doesn’t clarify crypto staking taxes

In May 2021, a Nashville couple known as the Jarretts filed a lawsuit against the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over taxes they had paid on unclaimed and unsold Tezos (XTZ) staking rewards. At the beginning of February, news broke that the lawsuit filed by the Jarretts had come to an end, resulting in the IRS issuing the couple a tax refund for $3,793.  Confusion among crypto holders Not long after this news made headlines, confusion among the crypto community piqued. One crypto media publication sent a tweet from…

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US lawmakers reintroduce bill to stop IRS from taxing crypto transactions under $200

A bill previously introduced by Washington Representative Suzan DelBene aims to exempt crypto users from paying taxes on transactions under $200. According to a Tuesday draft of the Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2022, Washington Representative Suzan DelBene is seeking to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude gains from certain personal transactions of virtual currency. If signed into law, the bill could stop the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, from requiring U.S. filers to pay taxes on capital gains from crypto transactions of $200 or more.…

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PoS validator turns down IRS tax refund offer, pushes for clear policy on staking taxation

A United States couple suing the federal tax agency over Tezos (XTZ) staking rewards taxation chose to forego a tactical victory and engage in a court battle that could eventually result in policy change. Joshua and Jessica Jarrett, who run a node on the Tezos network (thus “baking” new blocks, in the ecosystem’s lingo), have sued the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over the taxes paid on the XTZ tokens created in 2019. The Jarretts filed a refund claim on upwards of $3,000 paid on the tokens, which the IRS ignored. The fundamental…

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IRS may not tax staking rewards until sold

A Nashville couple’s lawsuit over taxes they paid on unclaimed and unsold Tezos staking rewards is coming to an end with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agreeing to issue them a refund. The decision may set a precedent for future guidance on how crypto rewards earned through staking are taxed. At present Proof-of-Stake staking rewards are classified as income, with tax payable as they are gained. The new development suggests they should be only taxed when they are sold for USD. The Jarretts filed a complaint against the United States…

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