Senate Agrees on Bipartisan Deal for Crypto Amendment in Infrastructure Bill

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9 August 2021, 20:00 GMT+0000
Updated by Ryan James
9 August 2021, 20:00 GMT+0000
In Brief
  • The Senate has agreed on a bipartisan deal for the cryptocurrency amendment in the new infrastructure bill.
  • Many in the Senate felt the original wording was too vague on what a cryptocurrency broker was.
  • The original syntax of the bill left the door open for non crypto-brokers, like miners, to be inadvertently taxed unfairly.
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Senators have come to an agreement about the much-debated cryptocurrency amendment to the Infrastructure Bill.

The agreement between Republicans and Democrats will not be opposed by The Treasury Department and will limit the federal regulation of cryptos, according to CNBC. The amendment, co-sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ari). and Mark Warner (D-Va.) 

Republican Senators Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.) had stated that the bill would redefine who fits the bill for cryptocurrency regulations and the definitions were vague when the amendment was initially unveiled. In a joint statement last week, Toomey said that the tax amendment was vague in its definition of a cryptocurrency broke and was ultimately “unworkable.” The group believed that the amendment would see software developers and transaction validators fall into the category of crypto brokers and wanted to clarify the definition laid out in the agreement. 

According to a tweet by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a leading force in the charge to amend the definition of a broker, he will not be sponsoring the amendment today. “We’ve been working hard to get a deal. I don’t believe the cryptocurrency amendment language on offer is good enough to protect privacy and security, but it’s certainly better than the underlying bill. Majority Leader Schumer says he won’t block a unanimous consent request on it” the tweed read. 

Crypto amendment slammed by community

It would only take a single senator to block a vote on the amendment which would leave the infrastructure bill with the original language that angered many in and out of the Senate. The cryptocurrency industry, in general, opposed the amendment as it adds shouting and tax responsibilities to brokers, and perhaps others. The arguments by the public mirror those from Toomey and his group, that the definition of a crypt-broker was too vague and could see others get stuck in the regulatory web. Additionally, the bill would call for crypto miners to report specific information about their operations to tax collectors that currently have no access to such figures. 

Some suggest that this bill is a sign that officials and regulators are becoming more familiar with cryptocurrency and its potential for taxation. The Senate is split on this issue, with two prevailing ideas on how to proceed. One side supports oversight to maximize tax revenue while the other sees benefits from taking the time to regulate in a less aggressive manner.


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