Prominent Crypto Exchanges Criticize Tax Scrutiny From IRS

Prominent Crypto Exchanges Criticize Scrutiny From IRS

Representatives of major crypto exchanges told the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that they want the tax authority to see clear regulations rather than vague suspicion.

In a discussion panel of a broader crypto-summit at the IRS building in Washington, D.C., representatives from Coinbase, Kraken, and major accounting firm RSM US LLP argued that the crypto-world had been scrutinized by regulators over their size and obscurity.

Head of Global Tax Information Reporting Sulolit Mukherjee at Coinbase and Kraken’s Head of Global Tax Lisa Askenazy Felix said the industry had seen more scrutiny than it deserved.

“Even the biggest companies within our space are really not the huge, publicly reported companies right now,” said Askenazy Felix:

“Because it’s such an emerging industry, we are still very much trying to react to all these different developments in all these domestic jurisdictions we might be doing business in and all these foreign jurisdictions we might be doing business in.”

Mukherjee agreed, maintaining that they have every reason to cooperate with these companies. ” There is no benefit to a Coinbase or a Ripple to not doing the right thing,” he said.

The Coinbase executive continued to say that they were seeing excessive pushback from regulators, quipping that “Tax people are not always the most welcoming people in business conversations.”

Overregulation and Lack of Clarity

Jamison Sites of RSM agreed with the Crypto executives. ” All the big players in this industry — Coinbase, Kraken — they’re very much startup companies,” Sites said.

 “We’ve seen a number of our clients, we’ve seen a number of non-clients who talk to us — it’s hitting their bottom lines.”

Sites offered a hypothetical instance of overregulation: “Imagine if email in the 80s, when all these startups were coming in, imagine that the US Postal Service came in and said ‘hey, this is unlawful delivery.’”

Askenazy Felix summarized, “I think most of us in the room would agree that there is no clarity today.”

Cryptolydian reported last month that, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hosting a summit to discuss the tax implications of crypto early this March.

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