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Dilution and its discontents: Quantifying the overtaxation of block rewards

Newly created cryptocurrency tokens dilute the holdings of existing token owners. If block rewards are taxable income at their fair market value at the time acquired, token holders’ income will...

The ideal regulatory environment for Bitcoin

We’re often asked what our ideal regulatory environment would be for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies like it. A few years ago, in a regulatory submission to the Indian Ministry of Finance,...

Congress to IRS: Proof-Of-Stake block rewards should not be taxed as income

A bipartisan group of members of Congress have sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service asking that staking rewards for validators in proof-of-stake networks be taxed when sold rather...

Congress takes a step toward a de minimis exemption for everyday cryptocurrency transactions

The Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2020 was introduced with bipartisan sponsors in Congress today. It would create a sensible de minimis exemption for low value cryptocurrency transactions in...

Eight members of Congress have asked the IRS to fix its broken guidance on forks and airdrops.

In October the IRS released long overdue answers to pressing questions about how Americans can properly calculate their taxes owed for various cryptocurrency activities. Unfortunately, that guidance is muddled, raises...

Taxing Cryptocurrency Block Rewards

Cryptocurrency networks have no dollars or other real currency to be spent on their own maintenance. Instead, newly minted cryptocurrency tokens are used to encourage people to help maintain the...

Coin Center has published a new plain English explainer on forks and airdrops to highlight ambiguities in recent IRS guidance.

Last week we published our analysis of the recently released IRS guidance. Our biggest concern with that guidance was that it incorrectly described how forks and airdrops occur, and therefore...

IRS Cryptocurrency guidance answers some questions while raising messy new ones

The IRS has finally released new guidance on cryptocurrency tax treatment and it’s a mixed bag with one very bad consequence. Last April, we published a report calling for guidance...

There is hidden tax guidance between the lines of recent IRS educational letters to cryptocurrency users.

On July 26, the IRS announced it was sending “educational” letters to more than 10,000 taxpayers that the agency suspects “failed to report income and pay the resulting tax from...

FOIA documents reveal cryptocurrency guidance has not been a priority for the IRS

On May 16th, in response to a letter from 21 members of Congress, IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig wrote, “I share your belief that taxpayers deserve clarity on basic issues...

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