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The U.S. Treasury Announces New Cryptocurrency Tax-Reporting Requirements

A proposal set forth by the U.S. Treasury Department introduces a fresh regulation aimed at compelling crypto brokers to disclose information regarding users’ digital asset exchanges and sales. The rule constitutes a component of efforts led by regulatory entities and Congress, all geared toward tightening the reins on cryptocurrency users who might potentially elude tax obligations.

In line with this, a newly devised tax reporting document referred to as the 1099-DA Form has been conceived, with the primary objective of assisting taxpayers in ascertaining their tax accountabilities. The origin of these requirements can be traced back to the 2021 Jobs Act, an extensive legislation amounting to $1 trillion. A particular provision embedded within this act was designed to amplify the obligations associated with tax reporting for brokers engaged in digital asset transactions.

The responsibility was entrusted to the IRS, which was charged with delineating the criteria for identifying cryptocurrency brokers as well as devising the corresponding reporting guidelines. Furthermore, this regulation expanded the prerequisites for reporting to encompass digital assets involved in specific cash transactions that surpass the threshold of $10,000.

Upon the successful passage of the legislation, estimates emerged indicating that these innovative regulations could potentially yield approximately $28 billion over a decade. The department envisions that these regulations will be enforced starting in 2025, effectively preparing for the upcoming 2026 filing season.

There was a wide range of viewpoints expressed in the crypto community as word of the new regulation spread. The Blockchain Association CEO expressed optimism, emphasizing that if implemented appropriately, these regulations could empower everyday cryptocurrency investors with the requisite knowledge to abide by tax legislation accurately.

However, the DeFi Education Fund, an influential advocacy group focusing on decentralized finance, voiced dissenting opinions. The group critiqued the proposed strategy, asserting that it would not streamline the process of filing taxes or foster better adherence to tax obligations. According to the fund, the IRS’s approach was convoluted, contradictory and misguided.

At present, the IRS requires cryptocurrency users to meticulously report a range of activities involving digital assets, even if these transactions do not result in gains. The onus lies with the users themselves to perform these calculations since the platforms that facilitate the trade of digital assets do not supply the IRS with this data.

Elizabeth Warren and a number of other Democratic senators wrote a letter earlier this month requesting that the treasury apply these regulations immediately. Without taking such action, they claimed, cryptocurrency middlemen and tax evaders would keep abusing the system.

The IRS and Treasury Department both welcome helpful comments on the proposal, and responses are being taken through Oct. 30., 2023 Additionally, public hearings to discuss this proposal are scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8, 2023.

It remains to be seen how actors such as HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HIVE) (TSX.V: HIVE) will incorporate these new tax reporting guidelines into their every day operations.

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