Blockchain Bites: DeFi’s Harvest Hit, IRS’ Crypto Clarification, JPMorgan’s Buoyant Bitcoin Note

The IRS has clarified some questions around crypto disclosures for the upcoming tax season. A popular DeFi application appears to have been attacked. JPMorgan analysts see “considerable” upsides to bitcoin.

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Crypto guidance
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has clarified that simply holding cryptocurrencies does not need to be disclosed. A published set of draft instructions for this year’s 1040 tax form spells out that returnees must disclose any crypto sales, exchanges for goods or services, or exchanges for property (including other crypto assets). Respondents must also reveal if they received any cryptocurrency for free, including via airdrops or hard forks. “The draft is likely to stand unless there are ‘unexpected issues’ or new legislation requiring changes, the IRS said in the document,” CoinDesk’s Daniel Palmer reports.

DeFi drain
The $1 billion Harvest Finance protocol appears to have been attacked, draining $25 million worth of bitcoin and stablecoins. The anonymous team behind the popular DeFi application tweeted they are “working actively on the issue of mitigating the economic attack,” adding the malicious actor manipulated stablecoin prices on Curve Finance, another DeFi protocol. DeFi analyst Chris Blec earlier claimed Harvest Finance’s administrators held an “admin key that can drain funds” locked in the protocol’s contracts – though it’s unclear if that level of control is related to the recent exploit. The platform’s native token, FARM, tumbled 65%, and the protocol’s TVL dropped to $673 million (as of 5:00 UTC) on the news.

Tether forfeits
The U.S. government is pursuing a civil forfeiture claim on more than 300,000 units of the tether (USDT) cryptocurrency after they were reported stolen in a hack earlier this year, CoinDesk’s Sebastian Sinclair reports. The funds, co-owned by Shixuan Cai and business partner Lin Jian Chen, were frozen by operator Tether after Cai reported the theft to the…

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