The Internal Revenue Service or the IRS of the United States has decided to extend the comment period for the proposed crypto tax reporting rules, initially slated for October 30, 2023, to November 13, 2023. The decision, outlined in an official document, was made due to significant public interest in the matter. However, it’s crucial to note that the public hearing, scheduled for November 7, 2023, at 10 a.m. ET remains unaffected by this extension.
The focus of these comments pertains to a notice of proposed rulemaking [REG-122793-19] published in the Federal Register on August 29, 2023. These proposed guidelines have a dual objective: simplifying tax filing processes and curbing tax evasion. The primary strategy involves introducing a distinct form tailored specifically for crypto brokers. The Treasury Department believes this approach will streamline tax calculations for taxpayers, thereby eliminating the need for intricate computations or costly digital asset tax preparation services.
The proposed form, 1099-DA, aims to assist taxpayers in determining tax liabilities and avoiding complex calculations or the expense of digital asset tax preparation services when filing their returns. Notably, these rules are slated to become effective in 2026, impacting sales and exchanges conducted in 2025. Despite these intentions, the proposed tax regulations have encountered resistance within the crypto community.
IRS: Coinbase Legal Expert Flags Privacy Concerns
Chief Legal expert Paul Grewal from Coinbase exchange has voiced deep reservations, expressing concerns that the IRS’ intentions might extend beyond mere tax enforcement. He argues that these regulations could pave the way for unwarranted surveillance of users’ financial activities, potentially leading to the reporting of every digital asset transaction, even minor ones like purchasing a cup of coffee.
Grewal has actively urged the crypto community to join the movement against these proposed regulations. He believes that if these regulations become law, digital assets could be significantly disadvantaged, posing a threat to a budding industry still in its infancy.
Contrarily, some members of the U.S. Senate, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have criticized the delay in implementing crypto tax reporting requirements, urging the Treasury and the IRS to expedite the rules swiftly. This divergence in opinions highlights the ongoing debate and concerns surrounding the proposed crypto tax regulations in the United States.