liana m gasparini cpa consults on the 2017 tax cuts and jobs act tax reform bill to help you understand what it means for you in 2018 and beyond2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Cryptocurrency Taxation

What’s the latest news on cryptocurrency taxation? The TCJA does not specifically address cryptos  except within the context of a Section 1031 like-kind exchange. Popular cryptocurrencies include:

  • Bitcoin
  • Litecoin
  • Ethereum
  • Zcash
  • Dash
  • Ripple
  • Monero

In 2014, the IRS issued guidance that classified cryptos as “property”, not currency. Property is eligible for Section 1031 like-kind exchanges. The TCJA changed the language in Section 1031 from “property” to “real property”. Real property is now defined as real estate. Cryptos are now taxable on not just their conversion to fiat currency but also on exchange transactions, such as Bitcoin to Ethereum, or Litecoin to Bitcoin.

A Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Act is currently working its way through Congress. This bill would not tax crypto transactions under $600. As of late December 2017, this bill has not yet become law.

For additional information regarding cryptocurrency taxation, see the following articles: