U.S. Treasury Requires All $10K Plus Crypto Transactions Reported to The IRS

Crypto Regulation
U.S. Treasury Requires All $10K Plus Crypto Transactions Reported to The IRS

In May 2021, the US treasury department released a new report with some new guidelines that all businesses making $10 thousand or more inflows and outflows must report to the Internal Revenue Services. 

Transactions in Digital Currencies are Undetectable

In the new report, the treasury department stated their proposed regulation which is supposed to take effect in 2023. The report comes when the globe is anticipating superfast growth of the crypto world in the upcoming decade to increase the revenue collection by the IRS. The idea is to increase the traceability of virtual currencies and increase the control of this vast unregulated crypto space. 

According to the new report, the regulations are proposed since it is increasingly hard to detect transactions in digital currencies. Blockchain’s immutability and permanence make it hard for the government to trace crypto transactions. 

All crypto exchange and trading platforms will be obliged by the guidelines to report the large inflows and outflows of cryptocurrencies moving in the platform’s wallets. Businesses, including merchants receiving over $10k inflows, will be required to report the transactions. 

The US treasury and individual states have always instituted strict policies on crypto, banning some crypto exchanges which do not abide by their rules. It’s no doubt that this new regulation aims to curb the issue of money laundering and tax evasion by non-labor income persons. 

Aimed to Curb Tax Evasion

According to the treasury, the IRS is currently not collecting all revenues due to the government hiding of crypto transactions. For instance, according to an IRS report, at least 55% of income received from the no-labor sector is hidden from the government by digital currency transactions.

Some high-earning people are using crypto to conceal their income, thus, committing tax-related frauds. This new regulation will help identify tax evaders and increase the amount of tax collected by the IRS. 

The US treasury and many other people globally anticipate vast growth of the crypto world in the next decade. Since the law will be taking effect in 2023, the IRS will benefit by garnering an additional $700 billion in the next decade’s revenues. 

The idea of reporting such transactions is to provide the IRS with more detailed and accurate information on the revenue collection. Included in the proposals is the promise of providing the IRS with better, more advanced technologies to get accurate revenue details. 

The Impact of The Regulations on Crypto Values

Following the announcements, there were severe asset value plunges in the market. According to CMC charts, assets like Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Binance coin have suffered following these announcements. 

Increasing crypto regulation can vastly affect the worth of this space. Various experts already foresee the possibility of financial organizations and regulators at the treasury increasing their control of crypto assets. However, these new regulations prove that the treasure sees crypto prospects and is ready to share.

Wayne Jones

Wayne is an all-rounded cryptocurrency writer who has written for several publications in the fintech industry. Having graduated from the University of Essex Colchester, he developed a passion for blockchain technology and has been curious about how the blockchain can modify the traditional financial industry.