The IRS released a guide on virtual currencies in 2014. Highlights include:
- Cryptocurrencies are regarded as personal property and are taxed as capital assets. They are not considered to be a currency.
- Selling cryptocurrency for fiat currency (e.g. USD) or using it to purchase goods or services are subject to capital gains tax.
- Mined cryptocurrency is taxable as income at their fair market value at the time they are obtained.
- Mining equipment qualifies as a deduction for a business expense.
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