What options do I have for calculating my capital gains?

On October 9, 2019, the IRS provided FAQs for cryptocurrencies. Here, they explain that cryptocurrency capital gains can be calculated using the FIFO method or a Specific ID method as outlined below:

  1. FIFO (First-in, First-out) is the simplest, most conservative method and assumes that the cryptocurrencies purchased first are also sold first.
  2. HIFO (Highest-in, First-out) assumes the cryptocurrencies with the highest cost basis are sold first.
  3. LIFO (Last-in, First-out) assumes the cryptocurrencies purchased last are sold first.
  4. Specific ID allows you to specify exactly which cryptocurrencies to sell. When using a Specific ID method, which includes HIFO and LIFO, be sure to maintain accurate records of the following information:

(1) Purchase date and time from each exchange

(2) Fair market value at the time of purchase

(3) Date and time of sale, exchange, or disposal

(4) Fair market value (i.e. asset price) at the time of sale, exchange, or disposal.

Please refer to “How do I calculate my crypto income?” for more detailed information.

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