Understanding Cryptocurrency Taxes: How to Calculate Your Bitcoin Taxes 101

Wednesday 05 December 2018, 5:45 AM AEST - 1 year ago

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Calculating your Bitcoin taxes every year neednt be a stressful or troublesome process. Learn the basics of capital gains tabulation, and youll be able to prepare your own Federal income tax return with confidence. Once you have a handle on the basics, youll also be better equipped to confer with your CPA or accountant at tax time.

Heres an overview of Federal income taxes as applied to your Bitcoin gains.

A Short-Term Capital Gain Example

  1. You bought $10,000 of BTCUSD on February 7, 2018
  2. BTCUSD price per unit: $8,000
  3. BTCUSD units acquired: 1.25
  4. Transaction fees: $150

Cost basis: $10,150

  1. You sold 1.25 units BTCUSD on February 17, 2018
  2. BTCUSD price per unit: $10,750
  3. Transaction fees: $202

Net proceeds: $13,236

Subtracting your cost basis of $10,150 from your net proceeds of $13,256 results in a short-term capital gain of $3,086 for you. Because you held your BTCUSD for less than one year, your gain is considered a short-term capital gain. Your capital gains tax rate, in this example, will be the same as your ordinary income tax rate.

Coin Central Newsletter: Sign Up NowA Long-Term Capital Gain Example

  1. You bought $12,000 of BTCUSD on October 11, 2016
  2. BTCUSD price per unit: $640
  3. BTCUSD units acquired: 18.75
  4. Transaction fees: $180

Cost basis: $12,180

  1. You sold 18.75 units BTCUSD on December 22, 2017
  2. BTCUSD price per unit: $12,500
  3. Transaction fees: $3,516

Net proceeds: $230,859

Subtracting your cost basis of $12,180 from your net proceeds of $230,859 results in a long-term capital gain of $218,679 for you.

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