Regulators are taking cryptocurrencies more and more seriously, and the IRS seems to be leading the way with a plan to obtain more accurate information from taxpayers regarding their financial activities with cryptocurrencies.

A new checkbox on Form 1040 now asks taxpayers whether “at anytime during 2019 did [they] received, sell, send, exchanged or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency”.

The IRS put this new checkbox at the top of Schedule 1, so it does not appear directly as a declarable income on the front page of Form 1040. However, taxpayers are not exempt from declaring this information even though they are not obligated to file Schedule 1.

Failure to answer this question could lead to civil and criminal consequences. Also, it seems like the wording of the question wants to emulate the strategy previously used by the IRS to pursue offshore accounts, which may be a sign of a plan that could lead to more serious policies and regulations.

The IRS Is Stepping Up Its Crypto Game

Over the last few months, the IRS has become quite serious about cryptocurrencies. A few days ago, BeInCrypto reported on the agency issuing a number of guidelines on the treatment of cryptocurrencies, causing some controversy about the way it sought to regulate tokens received after a hard fork, especially in the case of an airdrop where a person gets coins without their consent or even without their knowledge.

Also, at the end of July, the IRS sent more than 10,000 warning letters to people who failed to report their operations with cryptocurrencies accurately.

The warnings – which came in the way of letter 6173, letter 6174, and letter 6174-A – alerted taxpayers that the IRS had information on their trading activity, and urged them to correct the necessary faults by paying the fines and interest associated with these misconducts.

According to an article by Forbes, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig not only warned of the dangers of omitting these warnings but also confirmed that the operations with cryptocurrencies are already under the agency’s scope:

“Taxpayers should take these letters very seriously by reviewing their tax filings and when appropriate, amend past returns and pay back taxes, interest, and penalties … The IRS is expanding our efforts involving virtual currency, including increased use of data analytics. We are focused on enforcing the law and helping taxpayers fully understand and meet their obligations.”

What do you think about this new policy by the IRS? Will it be better or worse for the ecosystem? Let us know in the comments below!


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Jose Antonio Lanz Díaz

José Lanz es un abogado, profesor y escritor venezolano con estudios de economía especializado en planificación estratégica. Actualmente Lanz se enfoca en cubrir el mundo de las criptomonedas, fintech y tecnologías blockchain. Su trabajo ha aparecido en varias publicaciones angloparlantes. Antes de involucrarse de lleno en este mundo, solía escribir para varias publicaciones locales en español sobre temas más diversos. También, Lanz es un firme creyente de que el chocolate es mejor que el café.

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