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The Rise of Cryptocurrency


Posted on July 29, 2019

The Rise of Cryptocurrency

The stunning rise in the value of Bitcoin, along with the myriad of cryptocurrencies, is surely one of the biggest financial stories of the 21st century, at least so far. What started out as a mere curiosity and niche project for programmers and geeks has quickly blossomed into a full-fledged financial asset, and an increasingly popular one at that.

For early adopters, the financial returns have been simply mind boggling. You may have heard about the generation of Bitcoin millionaires, and there are plenty of those newly rich investors to go around.

Given the rapid rise and relative anonymity of Bitcoin transactions, it was only a matter of time before the IRS caught on, and the tax agency has caught on – and caught up – in a big way. After years of taking a hands-off approach to cryptocurrency investments, the IRS is now paying close attention – and requesting the real world identities of those supposedly anonymous buyers and sellers. 

While every investor in cryptocurrency should be aware of their potential tax liability, the problem could be even more acute for early adopters – the very investors who have profited the most from this unique form of digital payment. 

As with all things tax, the Internal Revenue Service is likely to start where the big money is, and the tax agency has increasingly set their sites on early adopters. If you were prescient enough to buy into the promise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies when everyone else was looking the other way, it may be time to settle up with the IRS.

For early adopters of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, a little proactivity could go a long way. The IRS has already requested records from Coinbase and other big cryptocurrency exchanges, and it is only a matter of time before they catch up to you and your profits. 

For now, the tax agency claims it has requested information on only the largest accounts, but it is reasonable to assume the IRS will expand its scope in the future. If you have booked your Bitcoin profits and want to settle up with the IRS, contacting a tax resolution agency now could save you a lot of money – and potentially a lot of grief. 

There are many reasons for early adopters of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to work with a tax resolution service, starting with the complexity of reporting profits in digital currency. The IRS is still fairly new to regulating and taxing cryptocurrency, and there has been a lot of confusion and misinformation over how profits are taxed and how people are supposed to pay.

Regardless, if you haven’t reported your crypto earnings or filed your taxes for the past few years, it’s time to do so now. By working with a tax resolution expert, you will gain access to a world of expertise, so you can draw on that knowledge to accurately report how much cryptocurrency you have purchased, how many coins you have used and how much you have gained or lost on each transaction. 

This accounting is very important, since it could impact not only your tax bill but any future taxes and penalties. According to the IRS, holders and users of cryptocurrencies have been responsible for reporting their gains all along, and failing to do so could mean big penalties and lots of back interest.

A tax resolution specialist will be able to guide you through what is surely one of the most complicated tax situations in many years. The very complexity of the cryptocurrency market makes navigating the tax consequences especially difficult, and it never hurts to have some expert assistance in your corner. So do yourself a favor and come clean now – the IRS has finally caught on to the cryptocurrency revolution, and the tax agency is making up for lost time, and making the lives of early adopters a lot more difficult. 

If you want an expert tax resolution professional who knows how to navigate the IRS maze, reach out to our firm and we’ll schedule a no-obligation confidential consultation to explain your options to permanently resolve your tax problem. https://www.sheehan-law.com/

 

 


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