From staking tokens to minting NFTs to arbitrage trading, there is no shortage of transaction types when it comes to cryptocurrency. What’s potentially even more confusing is that each cryptocurrency transaction comes with its own set of tax implications. That is why most cryptocurrency users elect to hire a cryptocurrency CPA to assist in filing their returns each year, but selecting the right one can be challenging.
Talk to Your Cryptocurrency CPA About How the IRS Treats Cryptocurrency
When selecting a cryptocurrency CPA, it’s important to ensure they are staying up to date with current laws and regulations. One way to judge a prospective CPA’s cryptocurrency knowledge is to ask them how the IRS treats cryptocurrency. For example, a CPA who specializes in cryptocurrency should know that the IRS treats crypto as property and not as a currency.
Additionally, the prospective CPA should know how and when cryptocurrency is taxed at different rates. For example, cryptocurrency purchased and sold inside of a one-year time frame are short-term capital gains and are subject to ordinary income tax rates. On the flip side, cryptocurrency purchased and subsequently sold more than a year later is subject to long-term capital gains tax, a rate which is typically favorable to ordinary income tax rates.
Check Their Understanding of Crypto and NFT Transactions
Once you’ve vetted a cryptocurrency CPA and are satisfied with their base level of understanding, you’ll want to inquire about their knowledge around more complex cryptocurrency transactions and how they are taxed.
A great way to test a cryptocurrency CPA’s knowledge is asking them about similar types of transactions that have different taxability. Airdrops, for example, are taxable as income to the person who receives it. Credit card rewards paid in cryptocurrency and airdropped to your wallet are not taxable. Examples of other transactions to speak to your prospective CPA include staking, lending, and minting.
Ask About the Software
The final criteria to evaluate prior to selecting a cryptocurrency CPA is to receive some information about the software they use to assist in your filing.
There are a couple of features and capabilities you’ll want to see offered. Ideally the cryptocurrency software not only assists the CPA in calculating your taxable income, it should also include a dashboard providing real time updates and insights into your cryptocurrency portfolio. Additionally you’ll want to ask the CPA if the software is able to handle different types of cost basis and has the ability to assist in transactions and gain reconciliations.
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