Cryptocurrencies continue to be a growing asset class, but with limited guidance from the IRS and treasury--and differing points of view on whether certain forms of cryptocurrency are assets, income, or securities--many are left wondering how to tax and report them properly.
We’ve all seen the stories about bitcoin over the past few years—the triumphs and the pitfalls. For many investors, this cryptocurrency has raised a lot of questions and a lot of curiosity. Is bitcoin just a “scam” that will end in a meltdown? Or does it have the potential to revolutionize financial markets as we know them?
If you’re one of the many who are curious about bitcoin, read on for some of what you should know about the emerging world of cryptocurrency.
With the rise of cryptocurrency, the IRS and US government have been faced with questions surrounding how to define, regulate and report this new form of currency. Federal banking regulators question whether cryptocurrency firms are in the business of banking, and according to the SEC, some, but not all, cryptocurrencies are considered to be securities.