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With every tax year’s conclusion, it presents a chance to review your investment portfolio and formulate a tax plan for the subsequent year. If you’ve started investing in cryptocurrency, here are nine tax-related tips regarding cryptocurrency that you might find beneficial for your tax strategy.
Tip #1 – Retain Your Cryptocurrency for Over a Year
The taxation of cryptocurrency depends on its holding duration and is categorized under capital gains. If held for under a year, the tax rate can vary between 10% and 37%, dependent on your income and filing status. However, for digital assets held for more than a year, the tax rate could range from 0% to 20%.
Tip #2 – Utilize Tax-Oriented Cryptocurrency Software
By integrating your crypto wallets and exchanges with a crypto software tool, you can automate and ease your tax obligations. These tools can track transactions as far back as 2014, assisting you in claiming prior tax losses.
Tip #3 – Make Purchases and Sales via an IRA or 401k
Investing in cryptocurrency through your retirement account lets you defer or even fully avoid taxes on your cryptocurrency. The income and gains made through your retirement account are funneled back into the account, with taxes either deferred or nullified.
Tip #4 – Leverage Qualified Opportunity Funds
Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) comprise corporations and partnerships that invest in financially troubled communities. By reinvesting your crypto gains into a QOF, your taxes can be deferred. The longer the funds remain in a QOF, the more tax reduction benefits you receive. After five years, there’s a 10% reduction in capital gains taxes, which increases to 15% after seven years. After ten years, any appreciation on the investment is tax-exempt.
Tip #5 – Make Donations to Charities
Donating your crypto assets to an eligible charity entitles you to a tax deduction equivalent to the fair market value of the asset at the time of donation. Plus, you will not have to pay capital gains tax on the donated assets.
Tip #6 – Bestow Your Cryptocurrency as a Gift
You can decrease your tax obligations and share your wealth by gifting your cryptocurrency. Keep in mind, you will not be taxed on the gifted crypto; however, the recipient is liable for tax on it if they sell, trade, or utilize it.
Tip #7 – Reside in Puerto Rico
For significant players in the crypto investment market, it might be worth considering moving to Puerto Rico. If you purchase a home there within two years of your move, you will enjoy a 0% tax rate on capital gains, allowing you to retain all of your crypto profits.
Tip #8 – Implement a HIFO Algorithm
For tax calculations, you can apply a particular identification method stipulated by the IRS known as Highest-In-First-Out, or HIFO. With the right criteria entered into a crypto tax software, the HIFO algorithm will opt for the most expensive crypto you’ve purchased for selling first, resulting in minimal capital gains taxes and thus, a smaller tax bill.
Tip #9 – Practice Tax Loss Harvesting
Should your crypto portfolio encounter a downturn, you can offload those crypto investments that have depreciated to “harvest” those losses for tax benefits. These realized or “harvested” losses can be utilized to balance your taxable capital gains. The tax savings can then be reinvested back into your portfolio.
Keep Detailed Records
Maintaining accurate records of your cryptocurrency transactions is essential for tax preparation. The records should include the dates of the transactions, the value of the cryptocurrency in fiat currency at the time of the transaction, the purpose of the transaction, and the recipient’s details if it was a gift or payment. These records will simplify the tax filing process and help you avoid any penalties from incorrectly reported transactions.
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