How can I know if it's a taxable event?

When a crypto asset is exchanged for cash or another cryptocurrency, or when you use your cryptocurrency to acquire or pay for goods or services, is generally a taxable event.

Taxable transactions can include:

  • Exchanging cryptocurrency for fiat money, or “cashing out”
  • Paying for goods or services
  • Exchanging one cryptocurrency for another cryptocurrency
  • Receiving mined or forked cryptocurrencies

The following are generally not taxable events according to the IRS:

  • Buying cryptocurrency with fiat money
  • Donating cryptocurrency to a tax-exempt non-profit or charity
  • Making a gift of cryptocurrency to a third party
  • Transferring cryptocurrency between wallets


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