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IRS rules Bitcoin will be taxed as property, not as currency

March 25, 2014 in Bitcoin, Currency, Investing, News, Taxes, Virtual currency

By Adrianne Jeffries on March 25, 2014 (http://www.theverge.com)

The IRS previously admitted it wasn’t sure how to tax Bitcoin, but today it’s reached a decision. Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are considered property, not currency, according to a notice posted today. That means Bitcoin owners may have to pay taxes on the income they gain as Bitcoin increases in value, and may be able to deduct a loss if Bitcoin loses value, just as if Bitcoin were a stock.

“In some environments, virtual currency operates like ‘real’ currency,” the IRS writes, “but it does not have legal tender status in any jurisdiction.” Therefore, “virtual currency is treated as property for U.S. federal tax purposes” and “general tax principles that apply to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency.”

The ruling takes effect immediately and failure to comply will result in fines. However, the agency says it will allow leniency for failure to file in the past if there is “reasonable cause.” (Presumably the absence of a rule would qualify.)

The ruling takes effect immediately and failure to comply will result in fines

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