Eight US members of Congress recently sent a joint letter to the IRS. In the letter, the members of Congress demand that the IRS offer more guidance regarding taxation in the crypto sector. The IRS published its updated guidance for the crypto sector in October this year. However, people in the crypto sector feel that some of the pressing issues have not been properly answered.
Support for Crypto in Congress
The letter was sent by what has come to be known as the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. This group of lawmakers advocate for blockchain technology. According to the joint letter, the scenarios envisioned by the IRS are all hypothetical and they do not mirror what is happening on the ground.
Areas of Concern
The joint letter points out airdrops and forks as one area where unrealistic scenarios are used. They note that what is depicted in the IRS guidelines does not match what actually happens in the crypto sector. As a result, taxpayers will have a hard time being able to interpret the IRS tax guidelines for the crypto sector.
Besides unrealistic scenarios, the letter notes that people are exposed to unwanted tax liabilities under the current rules. For instance, the IRS claims taxpayers have “dominion and control” even when they may not be aware that a hard fork or airdrop recently took place.
A Need for Flexibility
Finally, the letter notes that the IRS considers its guidelines established law. This makes it a rigid baseline by which the crypto sector must operate. However, this language is problematic, according to the letter. It notes that the crypto sector is still growing and evolving. As a result, the IRS should take a flexible approach to regulation for the sector.
The letter concludes by asking the IRS if it intends to clarify its ambiguous approach to hard forks and airdrops. Besides that, it asks when such clarification might be issued since tax season is just a short while away. While there are services to help people with tax compliance, this clarification would help a lot. In the letter, the US members of Congress appeal for leniency for those who are not able to comply with the new rules. Instead, it claims that the IRS should take notice of their good faith effort to adhere to the rules.
Beneficial For Cryptocurrency
When the IRS decides to respond to the letter, we will no doubt update you on what their response was. No matter the response by the IRS, this is good for the crypto sector. It shows that there are those in the highest legislative body in the US working to ensure fair treatment for the crypto sector.
In the future, this could translate into fair federal regulation for the crypto sector, which is important if the crypto sector is to thrive in the US. It would provide many investors with the clarity and legal protection they require to invest in the sector.
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