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The IRS is Asking Every American Whether They Own Cryptocurrency in 2020

Shehan Chandrasekera, CPA

Aug 21, 2020 • 1 MIN READ

Last Updated: August 25, 2020

On August 18, 2020, the IRS released draft Form 1040 for the 2020 tax year. As shown in the screenshot below, they have added a virtual currency question for every American taxpayer to answer: “At any time during 2020, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency?”.

2020 Draft Form 1040

The IRS first introduced this question in the 2019 tax year on Schedule 1, but is now moving it to the front page of Form 1040.

Schedule 1 - 2019 Vs. 2020

Although the IRS has not yet publicly commented about this proposed change, this move shows IRS’s ongoing effort in getting more data on US virtual currency users. Currently, not every taxpayer has to file a Schedule 1 with their taxes. Schedule 1 is for taxpayers who have to report additional income (other than W-2 income) and make certain adjustments for that income. If you don't file a Schedule 1, you do not have to answer the virtual currency question.  However, by adding the virtual currency question on page 1 of the tax return, everyone who files a personal tax return for the 2020 tax year will have to answer the question.

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Disclaimer: this post is informational only and is not intended as tax advice. For tax advice, please consult a tax professional.

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