The IRS has released a new tax form asking whether a citizen has acquired, exchanged, or sold a financial interest in the virtual currency this year. Earlier, the agency had sent letters to 10,000 people, warning them to pay taxes on their cryptocurrency transactions.
IRS continues to collect information on taxpayers’ crypto holdings.
In the new tax form, IRS is asking if any taxpayer at any time during 2019 has received, sold, send, exchanged or acquired any financial interest in any virtual currency, as reported by CNBC. The question asked by IRS seems quite vague as Sarah-Jane Morin, partner at Morgan Lewis in San Francisco, told CNBC that moving your own cryptocurrency from one wallet to another could be considering “sending.” Failing to report these transactions could result in being audited and penalties in from of prison time and fines.
The tax agency sent letters to 10,000 taxpayers with crypto transactions.
Back in July, the IRS had sent letters to 10,000 taxpayers who they suspected had made profits from cryptocurrencies. Many had speculated that IRS gathered information from Coinbase’s database. Earlier, a citizen from Washington DC had filed a court case against the tax agency to stop them from collecting his crypto transactions, but the court rejected the argument made by him.