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Bitcoin Basics: 'How You Use Crypto Is How You're Taxed'

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The IRS is looking carefully at cryptocurrency transactions, so proper record keeping is advised and TurboTax expert Lisa Greene-Lewis provides examples of the different ways that cryptocurrency transactions are taxable.

For some, cryptocurrencies are an investment and taxed as capital gains when sold, for others, crypto is a form of wages for work done and is reported on the appropriate tax forms.  Watch the video above from our sponsors at TurboTax.

Frequently Asked Cryptocurrency Tax Questions:

  • Is cryptocurrency (bitcoin) taxed like real estate? Yes. Think of it as property.
  • If I make a purchase in crypto will I be taxed? Yes. You will recognize a gain or loss based on the bear market value of whatever you purchased.
  • If I hold cryptocurrency for less than a year, am I taxed? Yes. If you have owned any cryptocurrency for less than 365 days, any profits are short-term capital gains. If you own it for more than 365 days, it is long-term capital gains.

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