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March 26, 2013, 08:16:06 PM
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Anybody knows of a good lawyer or accountants who deals with bitcoin? I need to do my tax before April 15.

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March 26, 2013, 08:23:55 PM
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Some information from TurboTax on bitcoins.

http://blog.turbotax.intuit.com/2011/07/18/bitcoins-the-taxless-currency/

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March 26, 2013, 08:41:48 PM
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I don't care about some blog post. I care about getting my tax done with the least pain and the least money lost.

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March 26, 2013, 09:42:31 PM
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I personally am treating it as a barter transaction, and logging them at the market value at the time of which each transaction took place.

If I later spend the bitcoins or convert to cash, I will then figure out a capital gains/losses at that point. Until then, and change in value is unrealized and nontaxable.

(I am not an accountant. This is just my opinion.)

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March 26, 2013, 09:45:41 PM
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Is this for profits from mining or trading on an exchange like MtGox?

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March 26, 2013, 09:47:24 PM
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Neat blog, but it doesn't say anything about taxing it.


Say you have 1k bitcoins, and you buy a car with the coins itself.. you never had 'money' you merely traded a good for a good.
Do you get taxed?

 
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March 26, 2013, 10:30:20 PM
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Taxed the same as a barter transaction imo

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March 26, 2013, 10:51:50 PM
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If it's from trading at Gox it's probably more like spot Forex than anything.  That's a well-documented tax treatment.

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March 27, 2013, 02:07:17 AM
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if you mine and sell then it's an income and you would pay income tax - like if you farmed a field of carrots and sold them

if you buy BTC then sell at a profit, then it's a capital gain, like if you bought some stock.

No tax if you buy goods with your BTC, then the vendor might have to add sales tax before pricing in BTC (this is less clear - because it depends whether the vendor is using BTC as purely a medium of transfer and then using e.g. bitpay to pay them in USD)
 
That's how I see it, anyway.

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March 27, 2013, 11:13:03 AM
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if you buy BTC then sell at a profit, then it's a capital gain, like if you bought some stock.

Kind of but not quite.  Again, it's more like spot Forex than stocks.  Forex gains are taxed like futures transactions and get 60/40 tax treatment (60% long term cap gain, 40% short term)

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March 28, 2013, 05:33:17 AM
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No tax if you buy goods with your BTC, then the vendor might have to add sales tax before pricing in BTC (this is less clear - because it depends whether the vendor is using BTC as purely a medium of transfer and then using e.g. bitpay to pay them in USD)

In the US, if you buy goods with your BTC it is possible you could trigger either a capital gains tax or possibly need to report it as a Schedule C (essential it could be viewed as a barter transaction).
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March 28, 2013, 04:27:34 PM
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if you buy BTC then sell at a profit, then it's a capital gain, like if you bought some stock.

Kind of but not quite.  Again, it's more like spot Forex than stocks.  Forex gains are taxed like futures transactions and get 60/40 tax treatment (60% long term cap gain, 40% short term)

sure - that must be a US tax, in the UK, it's all counted as a capital gain.  Can't speak for other jurisdictions.  Moral of the story: check your local tax laws!

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March 28, 2013, 04:47:20 PM
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BTW I don't trade at Gox, but I was wondering.  Does Gox send out tax reporting forms to US customers at year end like a regular broker would?

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March 28, 2013, 05:09:25 PM
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BTW I don't trade at Gox, but I was wondering.  Does Gox send out tax reporting forms to US customers at year end like a regular broker would?

pretty sure they don't.  It would also be very hard, because currency can come into mtgox via BTC or via USD - unlike regular brokers where all currency arrives and leaves in USD and so can be traced.  Example, I could transfer some USD to EUR account, then buy some BTC on bitcoin-24 for EUR, then send the BTC across to mtgox and sell, at profit for USD.  There is no way this could be accurately reported by mtgox, it's up to the individual to report this income themselves.

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April 05, 2013, 10:58:51 PM
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if you buy BTC then sell at a profit, then it's a capital gain, like if you bought some stock.

Kind of but not quite.  Again, it's more like spot Forex than stocks.  Forex gains are taxed like futures transactions and get 60/40 tax treatment (60% long term cap gain, 40% short term)

First, bitcoins might not be considered a foreign currency. They are not backed by any foreign currency so it seems like they would not be. But it is possible that the IRS *might* considered them to be.

Most people seem to view bitcoins as personal property which they barter with in which appreciation would be considered capital gains.

If they are foreign currency then they are only eligible for 60/40 tax treatment if you fill out the appropriate forms to elect out of IRC 988 treatment. This has to be done when you make the trade! It is likely too late for you!

And you are going to consider them a foreign currency, why not just use them to buy gold or something to avoid taxes. (I'm not sure this is possible, but I have an accountant looking into it).
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April 06, 2013, 11:59:57 PM
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In the US, most people pay taxes they don't owe because they're ignorant.  Educate yourself.

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April 07, 2013, 02:43:31 AM
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Neat blog, but it doesn't say anything about taxing it.


Say you have 1k bitcoins, and you buy a car with the coins itself.. you never had 'money' you merely traded a good for a good.
Do you get taxed?

No you would not need to declare capital gains because you are not converting into dollars.

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April 07, 2013, 04:33:07 AM
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No you would not need to declare capital gains because you are not converting into dollars.

this is wrong. please stop perpetuating this uninformed myth. tax on capital gains is realized upon any disposition of capital assets, except where there is a specific exception (as for gifts, for example). you are making uninformed assumptions about how the united states tax code works.
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April 07, 2013, 04:47:26 AM
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No you would not need to declare capital gains because you are not converting into dollars.

this is wrong. please stop perpetuating this uninformed myth. tax on capital gains is realized upon any disposition of capital assets, except where there is a specific exception (as for gifts, for example). you are making uninformed assumptions about how the united states tax code works.
Most people are making uninformed assumptions about how the united states tax code works.  Here, I'll quote myself:
In the US, most people pay taxes they don't owe because they're ignorant.  Educate yourself.

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April 09, 2013, 04:54:30 AM
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No you would not need to declare capital gains because you are not converting into dollars.

this is wrong. please stop perpetuating this uninformed myth. tax on capital gains is realized upon any disposition of capital assets, except where there is a specific exception (as for gifts, for example). you are making uninformed assumptions about how the united states tax code works.


It actually depends. If the money you have is in a foreign currency for personal use and you use it to pay for goods and services you don't owe taxes on the appreciation. I don't really understand exactly how it works but basically you don't owe taxes if you are spending foreign currency when traveling and that currency appreciates. I'm trying to figure out whether this could be true for bitcoin too.
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