Chairman Ron Wyden and ranking member Mike Crapo of the United States Senate Financial Services Committee have issued a public message to the digital asset community on July 11th, seeking input regarding the taxation of digital assets.
The senators are actively seeking solutions for the intricate challenges associated with taxing digital assets, to the extent that they have provided supplementary reading material from the Joint Committee on Taxation for the respondents’ preparation.
According to the senators, the existing Internal Revenue Code of 1986 lacks a clear-cut classification system for digital assets. They have presented a wide array of inquiries divided into nine distinct areas of interest.
They explained that these questions emerged as part of a bipartisan endeavor initiated by the Committee on Finance, aimed at identifying crucial matters situated at the intersection of digital assets and tax legislation.
The open letter delves into various topics, such as fair value accounting (specifically mark-to-market), the trading safe harbor designed to promote foreign investment, digital asset loans, wash sales, constructive sales (related to short-selling), income generated from staking and mining, the concept of “nonfunctional currency,” reporting obligations of foreign companies, and the valuation and verification of assets on an exchange. The questions frequently refer to specific sections of the tax code.
Up until now, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has primarily focused its efforts on combating illicit activities related to cryptocurrencies. According to Cointelegraph, earlier this year, the IRS proudly announced the seizure of a total of $10 billion in crypto as part of its law enforcement endeavors.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has shown an increased level of proactivity concerning income taxation matters. A notable instance of this is their action involving a summons issued to the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken in 2021. The IRS requested user information regarding all transactions exceeding $20,000. The District Court for the Northern District of California instructed Kraken to comply with this demand on June 30.
Regarding the open letter from the Senate committee, interested parties are invited to submit their responses until September 8.