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June 7, 2017 - US Congressional Group Calls on IRS to Clarify Bitcoin Tax Guidance
"Further, we encourage the IRS to engage with virtual currency exchanges to better understand their ability to engage in information reporting, including recordkeeping to track realized gain or loss and identify the amounts of virtual currency used in taxable transactions."

June 2, 2017 - Why Bitcoin Needs Washington to Go Mainstream
Like the open Internet, support from government is key to fostering its growth. Fortunately, there are concrete steps that the U.S. government can take to ensure the country’s competitiveness in this booming sector.

June 1, 2017 - The IRS is Due to Present its Digital Currency Strategy to Congress Next Week
"[W]e strongly question whether the IRS has actually established a reasonable basis to support the mass production of records for half of a million people, the vast majority of whom appear to not be conducting the volume of transactions needed to report them to the IRS. Based on the information before us, this summons seems overly broad, extremely burdensome, and highly intrusive to a large population of individuals."

May 31, 2017 - Father, son sentenced for illegal bitcoin business on dark web
According to the guilty pleas, from at least 2013 to 2015, the defendants were accepting currency, money orders and money paks and exchanging those funds for bitcoin, a decentralized form of electronic or digital currency, existing entirely on the Internet and not in any physical form.

May 31, 2017 - IRS actions sets ‘dangerous precedent’ for bitcoin companies: US Congress on IRS-Coinbase dispute
The summons is estimated to affect 500,000 active Coinbase customers and would result in the production of millions of pages of associated records, many of which contain personally identifiable information. However, 90 percent of these customers engaged in less than $10,000 in cumulative, gross transactions during the entire period requested”, the Committee added.

May 31, 2017 - Republicans Slap down the IRS for Its Coinbase Bitcoin Tax Hunt
With several questions put to the IRS, members of Congress have asked the federal agency to get back by June 7. This will no doubt put increased pressure on the agency as it works to deal with Coinbase in an attempt to get the information it wants.

May 24, 2017 - Former LocalBitcoins Seller Admits He Ran an Illegal and Unlicensed Currency Exchange
It is unclear if this means every LocalBitcoins seller is now under scrutiny by the IRS. It was only a matter of time until this “revenue stream” would warrant attention from the government.

May 24, 2017 - Senate Letter to IRS Commissioner
Committees have a responsibility to examine Internal Revenue Service (IRS) actions in emerging areas of tax administration, including digital currencies.

May 24, 2017 - Did The IRS Overstep With Coinbase Summons?
The IRS says only 802 Coinbase users filed a tax form related to bitcoin in 2015, suggesting that many people failed to declare capital gains connected to bitcoin. However, many users have not sold any bitcoin at all through the platform, while others hold only a small amount, and the IRS is sweeping them in with the offenders.

May 18, 2017 - 2 Coinbase customers join battle to stop IRS bitcoin tax summons
The summons prompted law firm Berns Weiss to intervene on behalf of its own managing partner, Jeffrey Berns, who is also a customer of Coinbase. The IRS then asked another federal judge in March to enforce the summons, which Coinbase said it intended to fight.

May 10, 2017 - IRS Crime Team Nabs Award For Investigation Into The Dark Web, Drugs & Bitcoin
There are six award categories:Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Review Task Force, Transnational Organized Crime, Transnational Security Threats, Cyber Threats, Significant Fraud, and Third-Party Money Launderers. Winners are selected from federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

April 25, 2017 - Florida Lawmakers Want Bitcoin Covered Under Money Laundering Law
Florida lawmakers want virtual currencies like bitcoin covered under the state’s money-laundering statute, a change that supporters claim would ensure criminals cannot use Internet-based currencies to conceal financial activities, according to The Miami Herald.

April 18, 2017 -- Financial Spring Cleaning: For Bitcoin, Save All Records
The admonition came last November in the form of what is called a John Doe summons to Coinbase to give the IRS the information the San Francisco-based cryptocurrency wallet and exchange had on all of its users for three years, including everything from a user’s confirmed devices to every line of correspondence between Coinbase and its users, which at the moment, total 6.4 million. (Don’t panic — Coinbase hasn’t handed over any data yet.)

April 18, 2017 - Taxes From A To Z (2017): V Is For Virtual Currency
FinCEN defines virtual currency as "a medium of exchange that operates like a currency in some environments, but does not have all the attributes of real currency."

April 18, 2017 - Why Americans Need To Care About Digital Currency Accounting, Especially At Tax Time
Not all of us realize that despite the exponential adoption of digital currency across the country, and the vague IRS guidance issued over three years ago, law still applies. Every trade made is a taxable event, and given bitcoin’s historic bull run from Q3 2016 to today, most users should be “up,” especially on bitcoin,

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