Form 1040 Cryptocurrency Question (2020)

Form 1040 Cryptocurrency Question (2020)

Form 1040 Cryptocurrency Question

Form 1040 Cryptocurrency Question for 2020: When the IRS drafted/revised the new form 1040, they made a significant addition to the form. The new form 1040 (draft version) includes a yes or no question about virtual currency. In general, virtual currency is developing as one of the Internal Revenue Service’s key enforcement priorities.  With respect to the new draft 1040, the virtual currency question precedes the standard deduction or dependents section, and presents as the following:

“At any time during 2020, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency?”

Important Virtual Currency (Crypto) Tax Questions & Answers

Here are some of the more common virtual currency crypto tax questions we see often:

Is Crypto Treated as Currency or Property

No, cryptocurrency is treated as property.

Therefore, the currency rules to do not mandate the tax treatment of cryptocurrency.

Is Cryptocurrency Taxed in the U.S.


Depending on the nature of the transaction, and how it is being held (received as wages through an employer vs. cryptocurrency investments) it is taxable as employment wages, capital gains, dividend, interest, etc.

How is Cryptocurrency Reported?

Depending on the nature of the cryptocurrency income will determine how it is reported on the tax return.

For example, capital gains is reported on Schedule D and 8949.

Meanwhile employment income is generally reported as wages or Schedule C self-employment.

Did You Receive an IRS Letter 6173, 6174 or 6174-A?

The IRS Letters 6173, 6174 and 6174-A refer to the enforcement of cryptocurrency compliance by the IRS.

Namely, the IRS has information that a Taxpayer may have unreported income or reporting, and they are seeking compliance.

Cryptocurrency & FBAR Reporting

The issue of whether foreign cryptocurrency is reported on the FBAR (Foreign Bank and Account Reporting aka FinCEN Form 114) is still up for debate.

FinCEN released some informal guidance on the reporting, but the information is ambiguous at best.

Cryptocurrency & FATCA Form 8938 Reporting

The issue of whether foreign cryptocurrency is reported on FATCA Form 8938 is also up for debate.

Since FATCA refers to specified foreign financial assets, and cryptocurrency is defined as property, there may be a higher likelihood that it is reportable on Form 8938.

What if I am out of Compliance for Cryptocurrency?

If a Taxpayer is out of Cryptocurrency tax compliance, they may consider the voluntary disclosure or offshore voluntary disclosure programs, to safely get into IRS compliance.

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