August 9, 2019
Are Virtual Currencies such as Bitcoin reportable on FBAR forms (form 114)? - the answer is sometimes yes.
The IRS does not consider virtual currencies such as BItcoin to be the same as cash or money. They consider it to be an asset to be treated for tax purposes much like stock, when purchased, sold or held as an investment.
There are certain situations however when virtual currency is reportable the same as a foreign bank account on the FBAR form 114 which is used to report foreign bank and financial accounts. Failure to file this form each year can result in penalties of $10,000 or more. There are many reported court cases where the penalties for failing to file this form have resulted in penalties to one taxpayer of many hundreds of dollars or more.
Read more about the rules for reporting your virtual currency - when to do it and when not -to the IRS HERE.
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