As the use of cryptocurrency has grown, the IRS has initiated an investigation into taxpayers who are seeking to hide their cryptocurrency income. Cryptocurrency adoption is at an all-time high, and regulators are keeping a close eye on the digital asset market.
Authorities are attempting to regulate digital assets and determine whether or not they can be taxed. The goal of Operation Hidden Treasure is to catch investors who aren’t disclosing their cryptocurrency income and aren’t reporting it.
IRS to capture tax cryptocurrency tax evaders
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) report was detailed in a press release issued by the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing on 16 June 2022. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has initiated an investigation into taxpayers who try to conceal their crypto revenue.
The IRS has developed a task force made of professionals in tracking various sorts of crypto income, as well as integrating the civil and criminal divisions of the IRS to combat crypto tax fraud, in order to accomplish the initiative’s goals.
According to the press release, one of the most prevalent methods used by investors to avoid paying taxes is to conduct repeated transactions of less than $10,000. Other investors use shell firms to conceal the name of the company’s owner. By concealing the investor’s name and party, he or she is able to engage in several activities.
Operation Hidden Treasure is also investigating cloaking blockchain technology, which allows some exchanges to provide trading services to users while keeping their identities hidden. The report further stated,
“Whether the unreported income was intentional, or a mistake is difficult to prove and the larger the amount of unreported income the less likely the IRS will be to believe your noncompliance was non willful or unintentional.”
The programme would also investigate and track undeclared cryptocurrency profits generated through anonymous transactions. The IRS is now keeping a close eye on cryptocurrencies because investors believe it can help them remain anonymous.