The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has declared that individuals must include any money received from bitcoin staking services in their individual income tax filings in order to avoid penalties and interest.

The “market value” of staking prizes, according to the IRS, is their worth at the moment the investor takes ownership of them. Taxpayers who utilize the cash method of accounting must adhere to this guideline.

This action aims to balance other taxable sources of income with revenue from cryptocurrency staking services so that individuals may properly satisfy their tax responsibilities.

Digital assets, according to the Internal Revenue Service, are “digital representations of value recorded on a distributed ledger secured by cryptography or similar technology.” This includes, but is not limited to, cryptocurrencies and convertible virtual currencies.

The IRS sent this letter in the midst of stepped-up legal efforts against cryptocurrency exchanges that provide staking services.

Due to its failure to register these services and goods as securities contracts, the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken agreed in February 2023 to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) $30 million and stop providing bitcoin staking services forever.

Coincidentally, Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, said that the business was expecting reports of an expected SEC restriction on bitcoin staking operations only a day before the public release of the SEC’s sanction against Kraken.

The SEC’s action against Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, also revolves upon “staking”. The exchange has not registered its services in accordance with U.S. law, according to the SEC, which claims that Coinbase’s staking products are analogous to investment contracts under that country’s legislation.

The IRS and SEC are both working to guarantee compliance and transparency in the quickly expanding cryptocurrency sector, and these events reflect the increased regulatory scrutiny surrounding crypto staking services. Both investors and exchanges are advised to keep up with changing regulations and comply to them.


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