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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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RoFX Review – Simplified Trading for Beginners

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Developed in 2009, RoFX was tested in the world currency market and started offering successful bids with excellent profits from 2010. It is an EA with a proven AI that provides a fully automatic trading solution. The robot is ideal for beginners who do not have much knowledge or experience in forex trading. Here is an honest review of RoFX based on the information gathered from myfxbook and top forex robot review tests.

How to Get Started with RoFX

You need to know that RoFX is not available for download. However, you can open an account for free on the robot’s official website rofx.net.  After logging in, the trader can choose from the packages available. A trader should select the package which seems to be the most convenient. 

The bigger the deposit, the less of a percentage is paid as performance fees. The trader also has the higher share in the daily trading profit. Daily profit is calculated as 0.38%. There is loss coverage guarantee.

The following packages are available:

  • Trial
  • Easy start
  • Moneymaker
  • Gold
  • VIP
  • VIP PAMM

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Fear & Greed Index Suggests A Bull in the Bitcoin Market?

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As indicated by Justin Kwo, an analyst director from Bexplus, Cryptocurrency trading is a game of nerves and it cannot withstand the emotional behavior. Traders keep on changing their minds with the sudden and strong market fluctuations. This behavior reflects their psychological instability and prevailing sentiment in a particular time zone. However, in the Bitcoin market, traders’ emotions will determine their trading behaviors, which, therefore, affects the future trend of Bitcoin. 

So, what is Fear and Greed Index?

Alternative.me has the most well-known and respected Bitcoin fear and greed index.

  • Extreme fear can be a sign that investors are too worried. That could be a buying opportunity.
  • When Investors are getting too greedy, that means the market is due for a correction.

To make it precise:

  • When the index drops below 20 it indicates extreme fear.
  • When the index rises above 60, it indicates extreme greed.

The result of Fear and Greed Index is calculated from the following aspects:

Volatility: the program marks wider fluctuations as a sign of fear

Market volume: if buying volumes increase significantly, the greed levels rise, too

Social media: the client monitors, gathers and counts posts on various hashtags, to see how many interactions they receive…

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Origin Protocol Launches Fundraiser to Help Find Vaccine for COVID-19

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Origin Protocol is selling KN95 masks at cost and shipping them to anyone in the US within 3-5 days.  This is just one of the ways Origin is turning its rewards campaign into a fundraiser to support the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) — a foundation that is working to accelerate the development of vaccines against COVID-19. CEPI first launched in 2017 with initial funding from the governments of Germany, Japan, Norway and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To combat the COVID-19 outbreak, CEPI has been moving with great urgency in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), who is leading the development of a coordinated international response. 

“At Origin, we admire the critical work that CEPI is doing for people during this outbreak, and are dedicated to support its mission in accelerating the development of vaccines against COVID-19. With successful development and equitable access of these vaccines, we can fight COVID-19 together,” said Max Unger, Head of Community at Origin Protocol.

Shop at ‘Stay at Home’ & Support a Charity

For every purchase made on Origin’s ‘Stay at Home’ shop, the company will donate 100% of the proceeds to CEPI. Powered by Dshop

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