US Senators Introduce Bill to Make Crypto Purchases Less Than $50 Tax-Free

Updated by Kyle Baird
In Brief
  • Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona introduced the bill.
  • The bill seeks to remove capital gains tax on purchases less than $50.
  • A number of crypto-related bills have been introduced in recent months.
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U.S. Senators have introduced a new bill to make small crypto transactions tax-free. The Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act aims to eliminate capital gains tax on purchases less than $50.

United States Senators are seeking to exclude small crypto transactions from taxation, as revealed in new legislation. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona introduced the Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act.

The legislation focuses on simplifying the use of digital payments for everyday purchases, such that citizens “aren’t subjected to surprise taxes when using digital currency for lower-value payments.” Senator Toomey said of the bill,

“While crypto has the potential to become part of our everyday lives, the current tax code stands in the way… [Senator Sinema and I] are teaming up to make it easier to use digital currencies as a common method of payment by exempting from taxes small personal transactions.”

The bill will remove capital gains tax on purchases less than $50, and these purchases include goods and services. The legislation is a positive step forward for the U.S., though it will still have to be approved.

The new bill joins others that have recently been introduced. One of these includes a bill that Senator Sinema and Senator Cynthia Lummis have worked on.

Crypto bills growing in frequency in the US

The United States has picked up the pace when it comes to crypto regulation — and there are many lawmakers who want to focus on the positives of the crypto industry. They recognize that there is a lot of potential in the technology and would like to leverage it. One such development occurred in late June when Louisiana State Governor John Bel Edwards signed a crypto custody-related bill.

Senator Lummis and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have also been working on a crypto bill that focuses on DeFi and DAOs, among other things. The general theme of the bill is to protect consumers and encourage financial innovation. It also aims to remove some cryptocurrencies from the SEC’s jurisdiction and into that of the CFTC.

Widespread regulation a primary focus

While crypto is now well and truly under the review of lawmakers, comprehensive regulation may not arrive until next year. The House Financial Services Committee bill on stablecoins has been delayed until September 2022, and other wide regulation bills may not arrive until next year.

In any case, crypto regulation looks to be happening in the United States, which will no doubt have an impact on the market. So far, however, the government seems keen on encouraging responsible innovation.

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