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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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Bridge Mutual Announces Partnership with Plasma.Finance to Strengthen DeFi Insurance

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Bridge Mutual, a decentralized insurance provider, has announced a collaborative partnership with DeFi aggregator PlasmaPay and Plasma Finance allowing users to directly fund or provide liquidity through the Bridge ecosystem and the Plasma Finance platform.

Bridge Mutual will also use some of its own liquidity to start a PlasmaPay insurance pool, integrating shield mining in order to give users the chance to earn PPAY tokens as a reward for providing coverage to PlasmaPay. The result is an increase in users on the decentralized insurance platform for Bridge Mutual, and another dimension of safety for PlasmaPay and Plasma Finance users.

“This partnership will give both organizations the ability to expand operations into the other’s platform, a net benefit for two strong projects looking to optimize the DeFi market as a whole,” notes Ilia Maksimenka, PlasmaPay’s CEO, “Ease of use and access to insurance ultimately benefits users. By working together, Bridge Mutual and Plasma Finance take DeFi a step forward towards more reliable financial services on the blockchain.” 

Bridge Mutual CEO Mike Miglio adds, “The main focus of our partnerships is to increase the overall safety of the DeFi space by encouraging users to protect each other. Partnering with PlasmaPay was strategic in that users will be able to easily purchase or provide insurance directly from the Plasma Finance app where they manage all…

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Dignitas Joins Zytara Lineup, a Step Towards Uniting Esports and Blockchain

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Esports icon Dignitas has come together with fintech company Zytara to tackle payments and value transfer within esports using the DigitalBits blockchain.  

Dignitas’ partnership with Zytara is the first major alliance between esports and blockchain, a combination set to overhaul the esports’ financial mechanisms.  Zytara, a fintech launching a digital banking platform and payment network for gamers and esports enthusiasts, will leverage the DigitalBits blockchain to power the use of stablecoins and other digital assets.  

Despite their global scope, esports organizations still struggle with traditional payment rails.  Notably, Epic Games experienced difficulties distributing some of their $100 million prize pool for Fornite tournaments.  With esports growing rapidly, this is something that must be addressed, and it appears that Dignitas and Zytara are coming together to lead the charge.   

Dignitas has championed many firsts for the industry, being the first ever esports team to be acquired by an ownership group of a North American sports franchise, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE).  Dignitas would later go on to sign a first-of-its-kind sponsorship deal with Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG), one of the world’s largest proprietary trading firms.    

Zytara will issue a series of Dignitas-branded debit cards and app skins, featuring the…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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