Friday, June 21, 2024


by Hideo Nakamura

Taxes and Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies, like other forms of financial assets, are subject to taxation. Depending on the country or region in which you live, cryptocurrency may be taxed differently than traditional currency. It is important to understand how your local government taxes cryptocurrencies before investing in them.

In the United States, for example, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classifies cryptocurrencies as “property” rather than a form of currency. This means that any income generated from buying and selling these digital assets is subject to capital gains tax if held for more than one year; short-term capital gains tax applies if held for less than one year. Additionally, if you receive payment in cryptocurrency during services rendered or goods sold then those funds may be treated by the IRS as income and therefore taxable too. The same goes for any exchange rate differences between when you purchase or receive cryptocurrency and when it is used or sold – these transactions may also need to be reported on your yearly filing so please consult with a qualified tax professional regarding your specific situation before taking action.

Additionally, depending on where you reside there could also potentially exist other forms of taxation related to cryptocurrency including sales/VAT taxes applied at point-of-purchase or transaction fees assessed by service providers such as exchanges etc.. In order to ensure compliance with all applicable laws it is important that investors take time to thoroughly research how their own jurisdiction treats various aspects involved with owning cryptoassets so they can properly plan ahead accordingly.

Finally, although there are still some grey areas that regulators around the world are working through related to this asset class overall we believe that having an understanding of how certain types of activities might impact your current & future tax liability could prove beneficial over time – especially when managing larger sums!

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