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Crypto Investors Hiding Their Losses From IRS En Masse. That Can Lead to Serious Consequences

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 18:45
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Alex Dovbnya
It would take 166 years to deduct a capital loss of $500,000 from other income (the annual deduction is limited to $3,000)
Crypto Investors Hiding Their Losses From IRS En Masse. That Can Lead to Serious Consequences
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2018 was undoubtedly painful for cryptocurrency enthusiasts, and it’s getting even worse when it comes to paying their taxes. However, according to a new CNBC report, half of investors remain unbothered given that they are not planning to report their losses to the IRS.


The reason behind their silence

Investors could be reluctant to report their losses to the US tax authority given that they don’t whether they are eligible for a Bitcoin tax refund. Selva Ozelli also points out that their reluctance to report losses might be inextricably connected to them failing to pay taxes on their crypto gains. Regardless, of their intentions, the rule of thumb is to report all asset sales given that IRS isn’t able to determine how profitable the sale was.

Tax dodges facing the wrath of the IRS

Ex-federal tax prosecutor Kevin F. Sweeney also says that crypto investors could find themselves in a serious predicament by not being transparent with the IRS. The agency has been very clear about clamping down on any unreported crypto, and it’s currently accumulating the necessary data and resources to go after tax dodgers. For instance, software company Chainalysis, one the their recent hires, is tracking ‘the movement of money’ in the crypto economy.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at