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If so, you are already in, or have just entered, the world of digital currencies and their tax implications. Digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin are a new experimental, technological, currency that can be traded at online exchanges as well as used to purchase goods and services. More and more retailers are accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment alongside credit cards and PayPal.
Bitcoin, the most well-known digital currency, is legal in almost all countries although its tax implications are really only beginning to be formalized. Although it might behave more like a real currency, the US for instance, treat Bitcoins as a capital asset for tax purposes. Selling, or even spending, can have capital gains implications.
Coins are created from mining. The process by which a Bitcoin is generated and given to someone in return for spending computational resources. Mined coins are generally recognized as income at their fair value, although that value itself is not always quite so straight-forward to calculate.
BitcoinTaxes is the largest and most complete solution for calculating gains and income from Bitcoin related transactions. For years, our users have been entering their trading and spending information into BitcoinTaxes in order to work out their capital gains to enter into their tax forms. Users can also enter their mining activity and have the income amount calculated ready to enter as part of their taxable income.
For tax professionals, we can help calculate some of these more complicated scenarios, since digital currency exchanges are not regulated, do not produce 1099s, and are not required to calculates gains, cost basis or tax. To make things worse, Bitcoins can be bought on one exchange then traded on another, splitting the cost-basis lots. Alt-coins can be purchased and create a tax event based on a coin's daily value. Even spending Bitcoins is a tax event and potential gains might be realized.
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Our business versions offer packages for Tax Professionals or Tax Firms that provides an agent with access to enter client transactions for calculating capital gains and mining income.
1 Managed client accounts where agents can switch into to upload transactions, calculate and view results. Shared client accounts (or approved existing Bitcoin.Tax accounts) also allow client access but must be upgraded by the client or business account.