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Infrastructure bill cracks down on crypto tax reporting. What to know

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According to financial experts, cryptocurrency investors might face higher taxes if the infrastructure bill increases reporting by the IRS.

The $1.2 trillion deal calls for mandatory yearly tax reporting from digital currency brokers starting in January 2023 to help pay for President Joe Biden’s domestic spending agenda. 

This measure is expected to bring in close to $28 billion annually over the next decade according To an estimate from the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

House members want to narrow the scope of which “brokers” must follow the rule, experts still expect a costly surprise for crypto investors who haven’t been tracking activity.

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Adam Markowitz (enrolled agent), vice president of Howard L Markowitz PA and CPA in Leesburg said, “A lot these people probably don’t know what’s coming.”

The IRS demands that investors disclose yearly cryptocurrency activity by checking a box on their tax returns. Many filers aren’t sure which transactions they should report.

Although buying digital currency will not result in a tax bill however, it may be subject to levies for converting it into cash, trading for other coins, or purchasing it.

“[Crypto investors]Markowitz said, “Don’t expect any tax implications because it is not part of the traditional infrastructure money.”

The difference between an asset’s purchase price and value at sale or exchange is called the balance due. It can be hard to calculate.

The infrastructure bill requires crypto exchanges send Form 1099B to the IRS. This federal tax document is used by traditional brokerages to report an asset’s annual profit or loss.

Investors receive one copy to send to the IRS and the other to them to record the activity. This makes it more difficult for tax dodgers not to get around the IRS. 

Dan Herron from San Luis Obispo (California) is a certified financial planner, and CPA for Elemental Wealth Advisors.

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Markowitz explained that investors are responsible for paying and reporting their crypto tax liability even if they don’t get Form 1099-B.  

Moreover, investors must keep records “sufficient to establish the positions taken on tax returns,” according to the IRS.

Investors need to be prepared for tax season, regardless of their tracking strategy. They also need records in order to make future transactions.

Dahlin said, “This is extremely important as the requirements are only getting more stringent.”

Mike Robinson
Mike covers the financial, utilities and biotechnology sectors for Street Register. He has been writing about investment and personal finance topics for almost 12 years. Mike has an MBA in Finance from Wake Forest University.