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01-02-2018 04:30 PM
I've purchased some coins with usd and haven't traded them or anything. Do I pay a tax on them?
I was gifted some coins as well, do I pay tax on that?
Lastly, I did a few trades during November and December. I know those are taxable. Will an H&R Block representative help me in person if I go to a nearby office? Thanks ahead of time.
01-02-2018 04:49 PM
Welcome to the H&R Block community.
Crypto currency is an investment instrument just like a stock or a bond. You only pay tax if you realize a gain.
The recipient of a gift never owes tax on the gift.
If you haven't done anything with the coins you bought then you will not owe tax.
If you had a gain on the trades then yes you will have some taxable income. You can either go to an office or you can complete your tax return online yourself which is usually less expensive. You'll need at least the premium software because you will need Schedule D. Trades are reported on Form 8949/Schedule D.
If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.
Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)
01-02-2018 05:57 PM
Thanks for the reply, would I pay tax on the gain(s) on the same date of the trade only? I haven't converted any of the trades back to fiat yet.
01-02-2018 07:59 PM
You're quite welcome.
You'll see on Schedule D that it's whatever your net gain is for the year that you pay tax on. If you have some gains and some losses for instance then your net gain will be your total gains less your total losses. If you have nothing but gains for the year, then it will be whatever your total gain for the year is that you pay tax on.
In other words, each time you trade the gain you earn is added to your gains for the year. If you end a trade with a loss then you have a loss added into the loss stack. They net at the end of the year to determine whether you have a gain or a loss. Whether or not you use a gain to buy more coins (reinvest) it still counts as a gain. The same is true for stocks, etc.
Usually gains and losses are reported to you on Form 1099-B at the beginning of February but since crypto currency trading is much newer to the world I would advise you to do your best keep track. I would imagine you can see all of your gains and losses in your trading account.
01-04-2018 11:07 PM
If I didn't make any profits/gains in crypto currency trading, do I need to still report all the crypto trades to IRS when I file taxes ? Just wondering why IRS will be interested in my trades, If I haven't made any profits/gains to begin with.
01-04-2018 11:12 PM
In other words, If I have nothing but losses for the year, do I need to still report all the crypto currency trades that I did to IRS when I file taxes.
01-05-2018 06:02 PM
Not only that, you should report your trades even if you didn't have to because just like with any other investment instrument if you have a loss on Schedule D after offsetting your gains (if any) the first $3,000 of the overall loss will carry to your 1040 and reduce your taxable income.
01-11-2018 05:00 PM
I have coins in an exchange wallet and want to transfer out to a desktop wallet for long-term investing. Would the price at the time of transfer have to be reported, and would it be taxable? I would not be selling it for fiat or for other coins so I hope it is not considered a taxable event.