U.S. Treasury And IRS Introduce Proposed Regulations For Digital Asset Broker Reporting
- The U.S. Treasury and IRS have introduced regulations to ensure digital asset broker compliance, combat tax evasion, and simplify tax calculations, with proposed 1099-DA forms to aid taxpayers.
- The regulations seek to align reporting for digital asset sales with traditional assets, encouraging transparency, reducing evasion, and expecting to generate around $28 billion in revenue over a decade.
The U.S. Treasury Department and IRS have suggested restrictions for brokers’ digital asset sales and trading to improve tax compliance.
The goal is to curb tax evasion while providing clarity to law-abiding taxpayers regarding their tax liabilities associated with digital asset transactions. The proposed regulations, now open for public review and input until October 30, intend to ensure that digital asset brokers adhere to the same information reporting standards as brokers in traditional securities and financial instruments.
The existing tax system taxes gains and allows loss deductions on digital asset sales. Calculating these advantages is complicated and expensive for many taxpayers. The proposed regulations require brokers to provide a revised 1099-DA form to reduce this burden. This form would reduce complex computations and the necessity for digital asset tax preparation services for taxpayers.
Expected to take effect in 2025 and 2026, the regulations demand brokers to report digital asset sales and transaction information. This reporting aligns digital asset tax obligations with those of traditional assets, promoting equitable treatment across asset classes and curbing preferential treatment.
Recognizing the value of third-party income verification in reducing tax evasion and enhancing accurate income reporting, the proposed regulations by U.S. Treasury aim to generate approximately $28 billion in revenue over a decade, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.
The U.S.Treasury and IRS encourage stakeholders, industry leaders, and impacted taxpayers to comment on the proposed regulations. Public hearings are set for November 7 and 8, 2023, with written comments due October 30, 2023. The U.S. Treasury and IRS will carefully review every input before finalizing regulations. This regulation measure shows the government’s commitment to transparency, compliance, and a level playing field in digital asset evolution.
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