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Five Strategies for Lowering Your Crypto Taxes

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Getting taxes done isn’t always the highest item on everyone’s to do list. This is especially true if you have accumulated significant gains from investing in cryptocurrencies. What many investors often don’t consider are the opportunities to actually reduce their tax liabilities from their crypto investing. This article discusses five strategies that you can use to help minimize your crypto tax liability.

Depending on what country you live in, your cryptocurrency will be subject to different tax rules. The questions below address implications within the United States, but similar issues arise around the world. As always, check with a local tax professional to assess your own particular tax situation.

1. Tax loss harvesting

Tax loss harvesting is a common strategy in the world of investing where you sell your assets that will realize a capital loss. All you need to do is look at your investments and see which ones you bought for more than they are currently worth. By selling at a loss, you can potentially dramatically lower your net capital gains and thus reduce your taxable income. Given the market we are currently in, there are abundant opportunities to harvest losses and save on your tax bill. Cryptocurrency tax calculators have built specific tax loss harvesting tools that you can use automatically detect which coins present the most powerful tax loss harvesting opportunities.

2. Invest for longer than one year

The IRS treats all cryptocurrencies as property for tax purposes—not currency. Just like other forms of property, you incur capital gains when you sell or dispose of your property for more than you acquired it for. The government taxes these capital gains differently depending on how long you held the investment. Because the government wants to incentivize long-term investing, the capital gains tax rate is less for investments that are held for more than a year and more for investments that are held for less than a year. This means that if you bought Bitcoin, held it for a month, and then sold it, your capital gains tax rate would be higher than if you waited to sell it a year later.

Holding your cryptocurrency investments for longer than one year can help cut down on your capital gains taxes.

3. Give away your cryptocurrency

No, this is not a suggestion to donate all of your hard earned cryptocurrency gains to charity. However, if you gift your cryptocurrency to a family member or a friend, you can partially address your problem with cryptocurrency taxes. In 2018, the IRS allowed U.S. citizens to offer a gift of up to $15,000 without documented proof of the transaction. This is also not a taxable event, so the gift does not trigger a capital gain.

This is a particularly interesting alternative considering that when the recipient of your gift decides it’s time to cash out, that value that’s taxed is based on the market value on that given day. Something to think about as you ponder what to do with your crypto gains.

4. Buy cryptocurrency with your IRA or 401-K

Using an IRA or 401-K to defer tax payments is a popular way to reduce tax liabilities. The same is present in the crypto markets. By using your retirement account to purchase cryptocurrencies, you can defer paying tax (or even avoid paying it at all): all the income and gains generated by the retirement account will return into the account with tax deferred or (in the case of a Roth IRA), with no tax applied at all. This means your crypto investment can grow without being hindered by the need to take money out in order to pay a tax bill.

5.  Keep accurate records

To ensure that you are paying the correct amount of taxes on your crypto capital gains and capital losses, you should keep detailed records for every crypto transaction that you participate in over the year. Information like the date of acquisition, the dollar value, the date sold, and the proceeds from the sale are all need to report crypto on your taxes. If you haven’t been keeping a detailed record of your crypto transactions, it could save you a significant amount of time to use a crypto taxes calculator that automatically calculates your cost basis and capital gains liability for you. This is one of the best ways to ensure you are minimizing your crypto taxes.

These are five tips you can use to help reduce your overall tax liability for the year. Remember that the tax year cut-off is Dec. 31st, so any tax loss harvesting needs to happen before the end of the year!

David Kemmerer
Co-Founder & CEO
CryptoTrader.Tax

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Elon Musk Advises Crypto Users To Secure Their Crypto Keys Properly

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The crypto community has not gotten over the fact that the world’s richest man has now invested in Bitcoin and has been pretty active in the industry.

However, the community is now receiving security tips for storing cryptocurrencies from Tesla’s chief executive officer. While pointing the security of cryptocurrencies, Tesla also criticized Freewallet app, a crypto wallet for its slack in security.

He also added that crypto investors should not bother doing business with wallets that don’t provide them with private keys.

Users should store their private keys

The unique way cryptocurrencies are stored makes them not redeemable when the keys are lost. Whether the holder stores them with third-party custodians or exchanges, the owner can only claim them when they provide keys to the crypto funds.

That makes securing the keys the most important thing when dealing with cryptocurrencies. As a result, selecting the safest hot or cold wallet is a priority if users want to keep their crypto investments safe.

Elon Musk has come out to advise investors to always store their private keys personally. For a company to receive the attention of the world’s richest man is something to take advantage of to grow. However, FreewalletApp’s short conversation with Musk is a sort of negative publicity to them.

After the company engaged with Musk about a Dogecoin-related post, the Tesla founder pointed out faults with the firm.
He advised digital asset investors to stay…

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Bitcoin Surges After Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion Worth of BTC

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The sudden rise of Bitcoin has been connected to the decision taken by the Tesla electric car company to buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

The company explained in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it bought Bitcoin to diversify its cash returns and more flexibility.

Musk’s Tweets also impacted Dogecoin’s price

Tesla also added that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments for all its products, although this will be based on a limited basis and applicable laws. If the company concludes and starts accepting cryptocurrency, it will make it the first major car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin payments. The company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has developed an interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

He has been tweeting severally about the viability of the Dogecoin (DOGE), which doesn’t have an important market value attached to it.

Few hours after endorsing Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency rose by an impressive 50%. But regulatory authorities are still concerned about the risks in cryptocurrency investments, with several regulatory bodies warning traders and investors they could lose all their money from crypto investments.

But for Tesla, the company decides to diversify its funds and increased its cash returns. However, Tesla also warned investors about the volatility of Bitcoin’s price in its SEC filing. According to the SEC…

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Partnership Between Bridge Mutual & AllianceBlock Announced

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Decentralized peer-to-peer discretionary digital asset coverage platform Bridge Mutual has announced a partnership with AllianceBlock. AllianceBlock is a decentralized, blockchain-agnostic layer 2 protocol bridging decentralized finance with traditional finance. The partnership will allow AllianceBlock and Bridge Mutual to provide traditional investors with a protected bridge to DeFi through decentralized coverage. 

“Discretionary coverage is a very important part of our ecosystem, so we are excited to partner with Bridge Mutual and leverage each other’s technologies,” says Rachid Ajaja, CEO of AllianceBlock. “We look forward to building an ecosystem where all participants have access to the best products while mitigating the ever-present risk of smart contract failure, hacks, and the resultant loss of collateral value.”

In 2020, as much as $200 million worth of digital assets was lost in attacks on major digital asset services. Bridge Mutual’s platform gives users the option to purchase and provide discretionary coverage, reducing investors’ risk of losing funds because of theft, exchange hacks, stablecoin price crashes, exploited contracts, and other vulnerabilities in digital assets. 

By using Alliance Block’s multi-pair liquidity mining platform, Bridge Mutual will be able to offer BMI token holders instant liquidity through staking and high APY rewards for a variety of pairs. Once integrated into AllianceBlock’s P2P lending platform, Bridge mutual will be able to provide coverage to investors. Additionally, Bridge Mutual is working towards…

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