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Tax 101: Virtual Currency – What Is It? And How Is It Taxed?

Tax 101: Virtual Currency – What Is It? And How Is It Taxed?

With the recent launch of Bitcoin futures trading, this once obscure asset class may soon become a mainstream investment.  Alev Fanny Karaman delves into the details of virtual currency in the U.S. context.  She explains the blockchain computations that make Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies attractive to investors and the U.S. tax treatment and reporting obligations of virtual currency holders.

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Austrian Guidance on Taxation of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Austrian Guidance on Taxation of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

While wild fluctuations in the value of Bitcoin are reported daily in global press and social media, the Austrian Ministry of Finance recently summarized its views on the tax consequences of investing in this relatively new asset class.  Niklas J.R.M. Schmidt and Eva Stadler of Wolf Theiss, Vienna, explain the real-life consequences of the transacting in virtual currencies.

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Insights Vol. 1 No. 3: Update & Other Tidbits

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CORRECTION TO THE PROPOSED 2013 DIVIDEND EQUIVALENT REGULATIONS

On December 5, 2013, proposed and final Treasury Regulations were published, relating to U.S. source dividend equivalent payments made to nonresident individuals and foreign corporations. On February 24, 2014, a correction to the proposed regulations was published, which tackles errors contained in the 2013 proposed regulations. The corrections mainly clarify the 2013 proposed regulations and prevent any potential misleading caused by their formulation. In addition, on March 4, 2014, the I.R.S. released Notice 2014-14, which states that it will amend forthcoming regulations to provide that specified equity-linked instruments (“E.L.I.’s”) will be limited to those issued on or after 90 days following publication of the final regulations. This will allow additional time for financial markets to implement necessary changes.

UNITED STATES AND HONG KONG SIGN T.I.E.A.

On March 25, 2014, H.K. and U.S. governments signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (“T.I.E.A.”) confirming their commitment to enter into an I.G.A., subject to ongoing discussions. The T.I.E.A. will apply to profits tax, salaries tax, and property tax in H.K. and will cover federal taxes on income, estate and gift taxes, and excise taxes in the U.S.