The Bitcoin lobby fails to persuade the House of Representatives to change the tax rules for cryptocurrencies.

The rules for crypto tax reporting hidden into the $1 trillion infrastructure bill are getting closer to becoming law. The House is After the Senate passed a clause requiring cryptocurrency tax reporting, crypto proponents hoped that the House of Representatives would free them from the onerous regulations.


The window of opportunity is closing.

The House voted 220-212 to prevent modifications to the Biden administration's $1 trillion infrastructure program from being considered. The deal brought together progressive and moderate Democrats who had differing ideas about how to proceed with the bill.

The Senate passed a bipartisan infrastructure package earlier this month that will fund a variety of projects that senators feel vital, such as bridge construction and safe water treatment. Senators presented a provision to modify the IRS definition of broker to include individuals who deal in digital assets to pay for some of the bill's provisions. The brokers would then be responsible for completing 1099 forms with the IRS on behalf of their clients, which would necessitate the collection of names and addresses. It was hoped that such a strategy would bring in $28 billion in taxes that would otherwise go undetected.

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While centralized cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase can definitely meet the standards, crypto advocacy groups like Coin Center contend that the new definition of broker is excessively wide. If the provision is interpreted broadly, it might include individuals that execute blockchain transactions, such as miners and validators. It may also have an impact on cryptocurrency wallet providers and developers of decentralized applications. Given the decentralized and anonymous nature of cryptocurrencies, such actors, they claim, could not reasonably conform to the criteria. The proposal has been dubbed a backdoor approach for boosting financial surveillance by privacy advocates.

After Alabama Senator Richard Shelby blocked it, a last-ditch proposal to clarify the rule and exempt non-custodial crypto actors failed in the Senate.

While the Treasury Department under the Biden administration has apparently stated that tax reporting requirements for miners and the like will not be enforced, crypto advocacy groups feel the House should change the measure currently before them.

"Rather than clarifying language that isn't even legislation," Blockchain Association Executive Director Kristin Smith told Decrypt earlier this month, "we encourage the House to reject the crypto provision completely and work with business to design language that keeps the US a crypto innovation leader."

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