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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
david@cryptotrader.tax

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Is Bex500 an alternative to BitMEX?

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An all around review of Bex500

Bex500 is a young but rapid-growing exchange, less adversarial than BitMEX, but with higher leverage than Binance, Bex500 has enough strings to attract many crypto traders. 

Those dissatisfied with the old exchange, may find Bex500 exchange with a stable system with no manipulation or “overload”, pleasant UX, user-friendly tool kits, and around-clock customer service.

Bex500 says they are making crypto margin trading “easier” and giving you a better return. 

Can they really achieve that? We conduct a comprehensive review as below to see if it is a trustworthy exchange

Question 1. What features does Bex500 have?

Bex500 offers perpetual BTC futures as well as three other cryptos including ETH, XRP and LTC, all paired against USDT. You may find Bex500 doing a good job aggregating most important features traders need for a robust trading experience with better return.

-A fair trade with no overload

Many traders are familiar with “overload” problem, which disables placing orders in peak trading times. It is suspected to be insider manipulations by exchanges which can cost users entire portfolios.

Bex500, with its unmatched TPS (claimed to be over 10,000 orders per second), ensures that the trading…

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Will Bakkt Push Bitcoin into the Mainstream?

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Bitcoin has been in a prolonged bear market for some time and has dropped as low as $8300 in recent weeks. This is the worst time for the cryptocurrency since prior to the bitcoin boom in 2017, and it has led to speculation that the original cryptocurrency could be on the decline. However, the digital asset may be about to bounce back. This could be thanks to Bakkt, the new digital asset platform which aims to provide a secure and well-monitored place for investors to trade bitcoin. Some analysts are even suggesting that this could lead bitcoin into the mainstream.

Bitcoin has been teetering on the edge of the mainstream for some time now, with various companies accepting payments in the digital currency. The reason why it hasn’t yet taken off is that it doesn’t have enough practical applications to encourage the everyday person to start using it. But the market is there for alternative payments, and this is particularly apparent in the online casino industry when new sites crop up. For example, Johnny Jackpot is a smashing new casino brand that accepts a number of payment systems including Neteller, Skrill, and Paysafecard. Global customers want to be able to use options like these which were designed for the internet.

The problem with all of the aforementioned systems…

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How Tax Agencies Are Going After Crypto Traders

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Bitcoin investors have in recent months faced increased pressure from various governments around the world regarding unpaid taxes accrued from their holdings.

Tax agencies across the globe continue the regulatory push that has put crypto under the radar, especially in the aftermath of the massive gains enjoyed during the bitcoin price boom of 2017. And although Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have since experienced a major tanking esp. over the last 20 months, the focus has shifted gears. Now tax authorities are keen on having cryptocurrency holders file their tax returns properly, and in some cases, are pushing for penalties on potential crypto tax cheats.

Here is how various governments are reacting to the issue of unpaid bitcoin taxes.

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The U.S’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently began sending out crypto tax-related letters to some 10,000 individuals. The IRS letters are to the effect that crypto investors may owe the taxman money for cryptocurrency trades they may have carried out in the last couple of years. 

In 2014, the IRS issued guidance that classed Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as property, meaning that trading crypto among other activities is a taxable event. Thus, taxpayers who made profits on their crypto face penalties and tax on cryptocurrencies,…

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