Seven U.S. senators have called on the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to “implement the proposed crypto broker reporting rule as rapidly as possible.” The lawmakers stressed: “We are alarmed by the self-inflicted two-year delay for the rule’s implementation.”
Senators Want Crypto Tax Reporting Rule Implemented Swiftly
Senators Elizabeth Warren, Angus King, Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters, Bernie Sanders, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Brian Schatz sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Daniel Werfel on Oct. 10 concerning cryptocurrency taxation. “We write regarding the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) recently proposed rule concerning tax reporting requirements for crypto brokers,” the letter begins.
“We are alarmed by the self-inflicted two-year delay for the rule’s implementation, which would contravene the requirements of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, disadvantage law-abiding Americans, and cause the federal government to lose out on billions of dollars in tax revenue,” the lawmakers emphasized, adding:
We urge your agencies to limit this troubling delay and implement the final rule as swiftly as possible, while maintaining the rule’s substance in the face of industry attacks.
The reporting rule requires brokers to “provide crypto users with the information they need to file their taxes through a modified 1099 form” and “provide the IRS with income information from crypto trades so that would-be tax avoiders are easier to track down,” the senators explained. Moreover, the rule defines “brokers” to include “any party who facilitates crypto sales while in a position to know the identity of the seller and the nature of the transaction,” the letter clarifies.
“Limiting any further delay in the implementation of the Administration’s proposed rule would combat industry efforts to evade regulation, provide clarity to law-abiding taxpayers, and generate billions in tax revenue from a chronically tax-avoidant industry,” the lawmakers noted, adding:
Accordingly, we request that the Treasury Department and IRS implement the proposed crypto broker reporting rule as rapidly as possible and ask that you provide an update by October 24, 2023 on your efforts to do so.
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