US lawmakers urge IRS to implement crypto tax reporting requirements before 2026


Seven members of the United States Senate have known as on the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to advance a rule imposing sure tax reporting requirements for crypto brokers “as swiftly as possible.”

In an Oct. 10 letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel, a gaggle of U.S. senators, together with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, criticized a two-year delay in implementing crypto tax reporting requirements, that are scheduled to go into effect in 2026 for transactions in 2025. The lawmakers claimed delaying implementation of the principles may trigger the IRS to lose roughly $50 billion in annual tax income and proceed insurance policies permitting dangerous actors to keep away from paying taxes.

“While we applaud the substance of the proposed regulations and your agencies’ efforts to ensure taxpayers continue to report crypto activity, we are deeply concerned that the final rule will not become effective until 2026,” states the letter. “[A]ny delay would give crypto lobbyists even more opportunity to undermine the Administration’s efforts to impose basic reporting requirements on the nearly unregulated crypto sector, at a time when the industry is already pushing to repeal the recently enacted reporting requirements. The time to act is now.”

Warren took to X (previously Twitter) on Oct. 11 to refer to crypto as “the not-so-secret financial weapon” funding Hamas amid the group’s conflict with Israel. Following requests from Israeli legislation enforcement, crypto change Binance announced it had frozen accounts linked to Hamas on Oct. 10.

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The crypto reporting requirements, proposed by the IRS in August, had been nonetheless open to public feedback till Oct. 30. Brokers can be required to “help taxpayers determine if they owe taxes” by crypto and report data on digital asset transactions. Representative Patrick McHenry, at the moment appearing as interim House Speaker following Republican lawmakers voting to declare the workplace vacant, has criticized the measure as an “attack on the digital asset ecosystem.”

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