It is not surprising that with the rising volume in Crypto Uncle Sam spreads his embracing arms to reach out for the due taxes on your Bitcoin / Crypto earnings. Recently the I.R.S. has closed the last loophole and we all know tax evasion is even a worse crime than blowing up a Kindergarten, so we should take this seriously.
The tax act in Sec. 13303 amends IRC Section 1031 (a)(1) to delete “property” and replace it with “real property” … So, you can see that now I can no longer take the position that my Bitcoin to Litecoin exchange was a like kind one under Sec. 1031, and I have to recognize the gain when I do it.
The new tax law, issued by Trump, will treat capital gains coming from Crypto as a taxable event – and that for every single trade. Means you trade in, you trade out – tax to be paid for the trade. The bad thing is, in the past, you put fiat into Crypto, made your trades, withdrew to Fiat and have been taxed on the achieved capital gain. Due to the loophole closure, you may pay taxes for each of your trades. Buying Ethereum worth of $1000 with your Bitcoin funds and exchanging it back to Bitcoin after a 25% rise, will make the value gain of $250 taxable – even if you leave your gains on Bittrex or another exchange. The capital gains tax applies now to every Crypto trade you place. Obviously, the base of this calculation is made in USD. Other countries like India also followed a similar model.
Despite the taxation, Crypto still offers insane returns – but yeah, you have to forward a part of the cake. It might seem to be unfair, it might hurt, but at the end of the day paying taxes might increase the overall wealth within the country you are living in (OK, well. that depends – we are just trying to stay optimistic). With all that mess you will need good tools to stay up with the paperwork. If you trade like a mad monkey, it might get outta hand and become difficult to be able to provide the needed documents. Imagine that 50k row Excel file for a year of trading – your tax accountant will just love you (and shit into your mailbox once he leaves).
Gladly, we recently discovered and tested a Portfolio Tracker, which we can say it is the best one money can buy. Cointracking.info is a German quality project (tidy coding and dry, but clear graphical user interface) , that will not only help you to estimate your success and growth on your Crypto trades, but will also provide all the needed data for your tax accountant (clean mailbox, yay!). This portfolio tracker helps you to track your profit/loss calculations and provide the needed data for the tax declaration. You can download the report as PDF, CSV, Excel and especially as Form 8949 Statement, in TaxACT and TurboTax format.
According to the methods FIFO, LIFO, HIFO and LOFO, CoinTracking calculates all your trades exact to the cent and prepares them automatically, so that they only have to be attached in the tax return.
Our tool is designed to adapt to the laws, financial statements and forms of different countries, such as Capital Gains, FBAR, Form 8949, the German tax declaration and many more.
Cointracking.info can be used as Android and iOS App or per their web app directly in the browser. You can put your trades by hand into the system, or – which is way better and more comfortable – connect the exchanges via their API to Cointracking.info. Other than the most portfolio trackers, they offer almost all the exchanges you might ever have dreamed of to connect – we didn’t find a single exchange not available, though we don’t know all. However, we can guarantee that all the big names are available. Click, Connect, Import – it is easy as that. Once your trades are imported you will see the profit/loss ratio, the realized and unrealized gains and the best is really, that this tool will take the headache of you to provide the data for the capital gains report. You will be able to deliver a ready capital gains report to the tax office. The tool offers multiple variables to be able to provide the report for most of the other countries as well.
We will come up with an extensive review for this cointracking.info soon, where we take an extensive look behind the scenes of it. For now, you can start with the free edition (10% discount here for the full edition!) to test out the waters, though it comes with certain limitations.