New IRS Cryptocurrency Enforcement Efforts and Opportunities to Become Compliant

By Michael Sardar
The CPA Journal
January 2020 Edition

Cryptocurrency is here to stay. As of November 17, 2019, the top five cryptocurrencies by market capitalization had a combined value of approximately $196 billion, and consumers can now use cryptocurrency in place of legal tender at numerous online and brick-and-mortar retailers. In 2014, the IRS issued Notice 2014-21, which generally provided that cryptocurrency would be treated as property for purposes of income tax and was, therefore, subject to the tax principles generally applicable to transactions involving the creation, sale, and acquisition of property.

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