The Blockchain Association, a cryptocurrency advocacy in the United States, submitted crucial recommendations for potential legislation in this domain. This was in a dynamic response to the U.S. Senate Financial Services Committee’s call for input on crypto taxation.

Supporting the Keep Innovation in America Act

One of the central suggestions in the Blockchain Association’s letter is the endorsement of the “Keep Innovation in America Act.” This bill aims to reshape the reporting requirements for specific taxpayers engaged in crypto transactions. The Association emphasizes the importance of creating a balanced approach to taxation that aligns the treatment of crypto assets with traditional assets.

Further, this will help in addressing the need for clarity regarding income derived from staking and mining activities.

Harmonizing Taxation for Crypto and Non-Crypto Assets

Notably, the Blockchain Association underscores the necessity of achieving symmetry in taxation between crypto and non-crypto assets. This critical point ensures fairness and transparency in the evolving landscape of digital assets. The call for clarity resonates strongly in their recommendations.

Drawing parallels with crypto advocacy group Coin Center’s proposals, the Blockchain Association suggests the establishment of a de minimis threshold. This threshold is aimed at exempting certain crypto transactions from tax reporting requirements. Further, it will streamline the reporting process and reducing unnecessary burdens on taxpayers.

Opposing the Digital Asset Mining Excise Tax

Another noteworthy stance put forward by the Association is their opposition to the digital asset mining excise tax proposed by the Biden administration. They argue that this tax could stifle the growth and development of the crypto industry. This proposal, part of President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2024 budget, introduces a 30% excise tax on electricity used by crypto miners.

A Call for Balanced Legislation

Summing up their perspective, the Blockchain Association urges the Committee to craft thoughtful and balanced legislation specifically addressing taxation issues related to digital assets.

They stress the importance of avoiding legislation that could provide less favorable tax treatment for digital assets compared to traditional assets. The goal is to level the playing field, ensuring fair treatment for all asset types.

Importantly, the backdrop for this call for crypto tax guidance stems from the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) announcement in July. It mandates the reporting of staking rewards as gross income in the year of receipt, setting new standards for U.S. taxpayers in 2024. The IRS’s approach to taxing crypto assets mainly revolves around capital gains and losses, including mining reward.

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