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Everything You Need to Know About Navigating Cryptocurrency Taxes

In recent years, cryptocurrency has gained popularity as a payment method and investment opportunity. Despite its many advantages over conventional cash, it is crucial to grasp the tax implications of cryptocurrency. Whether you receive or buy with this, invest in it, are a professional currency trader, or acquire a little sum as a reward, you must understand how Bitcoin impacts your tax return.

How to Use Cryptocurrencies?

Cryptocurrencies can be used to purchase services and goods but are also popular investment vehicles. It is appealing since it operates independently of banks, financial organizations, and governments. A blockchain, a public, distributed digital ledger, encrypts Bitcoin transactions and demands all network users implement new records. There is a multitude of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

A Closer Look at Crypto Taxes

According to IRS Notice 2014-21, cryptocurrency gains and losses must be reported on Form 8949 and Schedule D because the IRS considers cryptocurrency property, not cash. This means that your cryptocurrency earnings and losses will typically impact your taxes.

Cryptocurrency trading in non-retirement accounts will result in gains or losses. Similar to other IRS-taxable assets, your profit or loss may be short-term or long-term, depending on how long you kept the bitcoin before selling or exchanging it. Short-term capital gains are taxed at your normal income rate if you held the bitcoin for less than a year, whereas long-term capital gains are taxed at long-term capital gains rates. Regular income is taxed at your marginal rate, ranging from 10 to 37%.

Tax Implications of Cryptocurrency Investing and Mining

It would help if you calculated your crypto capital gains and losses to establish your tax liability: short-term capital gains and losses resulting from selling a property within a year. In 2022, these profits will be taxed at a rate ranging from 10% to 37% of ordinary income. In 2022, gains and losses on property sales held for more than a year will be taxed at preferential rates of 0%, 15%, or 20%.

The gain is subject to taxation when you sell, trade, or otherwise dispose of your bitcoin investments. Cryptocurrency trading in tax-deferred or tax-free accounts, such as an IRA, is exempt from taxation (IRA). Miners are reimbursed in cryptocurrency, which is considered taxable income and must be reported on Form 1099-NEC at its fair market value on the date of receipt. Like cash, credit cards, and digital wallets, cryptocurrency payments for goods or services are subject to taxation.

Each cryptocurrency transaction must be recorded, as tax reporting requires it. On your tax return for that year, you must report $200 of regular income (W-2 earnings or self-employment income if you are not an employee receiving crypto payments) and a $300 short-term capital gain.

Bottom Line

Until 2022, Coinbase provided Forms 1099-MISC only if consumers received prizes or bonuses for certain acts on the platform. A minimum payment threshold of $600 had to be met for the corporation to deliver the consumer and the IRS a Form 1099-MISC verifying payments.

The American Infrastructure Act of 2021 requires crypto exchanges to record all transaction activity on 1099-B forms beginning with the 2023 tax year.

Although Coinbase does not directly transmit this information to the IRS, consumers are still responsible for reporting this activity as taxable income on their tax returns.

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