NOTWITHSTANDING OFFICIAL COMMENTS, BITCOIN EXCHANGE ACCOUNTS SHOULD BE REPORTED ON F.B.A.R.’S
As noted in our previous issue, the I.R.S. clarified the tax treatment of Bitcoin, ruling that Bitcoin will not be treated as foreign currency but will be treated as property for U.S. Federal income tax purposes. As a result, the I.R.S. ruling may allow for capital gains treatment on the sale of Bitcoin. However, the ruling did not address whether Bitcoin is subject to Form 114 reporting.
This month, pursuant to a recent I.R.S. webinar, an I.R.S. official stated that Bitcoins are not required to be reported on this year’s Form 114. However, the official noted that the issue is under scrutiny, and caveated that the view could be changed in the future.
Notwithstanding the official’s comments, whether Bitcoin is a reportable asset will depend on the nature and manner it is held.