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High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 9, No. 1

In This Issue: - Congressman Camp Camp Releases His Long-Awaited Tax Reform Plan - Tax Court Addresses Valuation Issues Related to Tax on Built-In Corporate Gain - Shareholder of S Corporation Required to Include...more

State of Texas Issues Memorandum on Virtual Currencies

The State of Texas is the most recent state to announce a formal policy with regard to virtual currencies. The Texas Department of Banking (DOB) issued a supervisory memorandum on April 3, 2014, interpreting how virtual...more

Texas Issues Licensing Guidance For Virtual Currency Firms

On April 3, the Texas Department of Banking issued a supervisory memorandum on the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies under the Texas Money Services Act. The memorandum states that money transmission licensing...more

Texas Department of Banking Issues Guidance on Treatment of Virtual Currency

On April 3, the Texas Department of Banking released a supervisory memorandum on the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies such as bitcoin under the Texas Money Services Act. The guidance clarified that virtual currency...more

IRS Says Bitcoin Isn’t Money

On March 25, 2014 the IRS issued Notice 2014-21, which describes how the IRS will interpret existing general tax principles to apply to transactions using “virtual currencies” such as Bitcoin. This Notice is the most recent...more

Regulatory and Tax Issues Posed By Convertible Virtual Currencies

And the answer is – Property. Not surprisingly, the question is how Convertible Virtual Currencies (CVCs) such as Bitcoin should be classified for tax purposes. Given the treatment of CVCs by the Financial Crimes...more

IRS: Bitcoin Not A Currency For Tax Purposes

As expected, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has provided some guidance on the U.S. tax treatment of Bitcoin. In Notice 2014-21 (March 25, 2014), the IRS stated that Bitcoin is property and not currency for tax...more

Bitcoin is property, not currency, IRS says – Notice leaves many open questions about convertible virtual currencies

The Internal Revenue Service has joined several other jurisdictions in publishing guidance regarding the income tax consequences of certain convertible virtual currency transactions. IRS Notice 2014-21ii clarifies that...more

IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states...more

IRS Will Treat Convertible Virtual Currency As Property, Not Currency

On March 25, the IRS issued a notice in which it stated that, for federal tax purposes, bitcoins and other convertible virtual currencies are treated as property rather than currency. The IRS added that a third party that...more

Bitcoin: Regulators and States Out Ahead—Will Congress Follow?

Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that facilitates quick exchanges of value, has received steady attention from the media and industry stakeholders. Akin to gold, bitcoins are mined using computers to solve...more

Bitcoin - Calls for Regulation - Part Eight

“Virtual currencies”, and bitcoin in particular, continued to attract a lot of attention. The sudden shutdowns of Mt. Gox (Japan), a large bitcoin exchange, and Flexcoin (Canada), a bitcoin bank, led to renewed and...more

Virtual Reality: IRS Provides Guidance on the Treatment of Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency Transactions

On March 25, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (the Notice), which provides guidance regarding the tax treatment of Bitcoins and other virtual currency through a series of “frequently asked...more

Did the IRS Just Help or Hurt the Bitcoin Economy?  [Video]

Apr. 1, 2014 -- Houman Shadab, Associate Professor at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about recent developments in the bitcoin economy....more

Mining Bitcoins After the IRS 'Property' Ruling – Nothing New Under The Sun

Well settled rules that govern the taxation of transactions involving the sale or exchange of property, or the issuance of property in exchange for services, also apply to convertible virtual currency....more

Treasury Officials Detail Approach To Virtual Currency

This week, Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen and FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery outlined the Treasury Department’s approach to regulation of virtual currency. Mr. Cohen acknowledged that large scale adoption of...more

IRS Issues Significant Convertible Virtual Currency Ruling – Bitcoin Community Abuzz

The IRS has issued its first major ruling on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, Bitcoin and other convertible virtual currencies. The ruling stresses that it relates to convertible...more

IRS Makes Bitcoins A Tax Headache

The IRS just published Notice 2014-21 which explains the IRS’ vision on how general tax principals apply to “virtual currency” transactions like Bitcoin....more

Digital Assets Development: IRS Characterizes Bitcoin as Property, Not Currency

On Tuesday, the IRS issued Notice 2014-21, in this Notice, the service announced that it would treat Bitcoin or other virtual currency as property for tax purposes. The IRS reasoned since the virtual currency is not regulated...more

IRS Issues Significant Convertible Virtual Currency Ruling - Bitcoin Community Abuzz

The IRS has issued its first major ruling on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, Bitcoin and other convertible virtual currencies. The ruling stresses that it relates to convertible...more

New York Department of Financial Services Will Consider Proposals for Virtual Currency Exchange

The New York Department of Financial Services issued a public order indicating that it will begin to consider proposals and applications for the establishment of regulated virtual currency exchanges operating in New York. The...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - March 2014

Publication of 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions - On February 21, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. announced the publication of the 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions, which...more

New York DFS Seeking Virtual Currency Exchange Applications

On March 11, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued an order calling for “proposals and applications in connection with the establishment of virtual currency exchanges located in the State of New...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues Public Order to Invite Virtual Currency Exchange Proposals

On March 11, the New York Department of Financial Services (the DFS) issued a public order stating that it will begin considering proposals and applications to establish virtual currency exchanges located in New York....more

Virtual Currency Trade Group Announces Board, Annual Meeting

On March 8, the Digital Asset Transfer Authority (DATA), a trade group launched last year and tasked by its members with “leading regulatory, best practices and consumer protection initiatives for companies in the emerging...more

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