Virtual currency tax guidance and resources
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Virtual currency tax guidance and resources

1 month ago · 3 min read

Many taxpayers are using Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and other virtual currencies/cryptocurrencies to buy goods and services, and other taxpayers are using virtual currency as part of their overall investment and portfolio strategies.

With the growing popularity of virtual currency transactions and the need to ensure accurate tax reporting, the IRS has made the topic one of their compliance priorities. The Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, includes a question on virtual currency on the top of page one, giving a clear indication that crypto asset reporting is top of mind for the IRS.

While the IRS is clear that virtual currency is treated as property for federal income tax purposes, other questions remain for more nuanced situations. As this area continues to evolve and more taxpayers are impacted, the AICPA is working to obtain more guidance and clarity on various tax matters.

Below is a consolidation of AICPA resources, CPE and comment letters and IRS guidance to help you advise clients on cryptocurrency complexities.

AICPA articles, tools and resources

AICPA advocacy in virtual currency


  • Blockchain and virtual currency implications for tax (self-study): Learn about blockchain technology and how to master current tax issues, anticipate new challenges and create value for yourself and your clients with this new technology.

  • IRS guidance on taxation for virtual currency (self-study): This course covers the new guidance on the taxation of virtual currency, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and what you need to know as a tax practitioner or personal financial planner.

IRS guidance

Bookmark and follow the AICPA’s emerging technologies resource hub for more guidance and tools on virtual currency and blockchain.

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