IRS Prioritizes Cryptocurrency, Now First Question on 1040 Tax Form

The new U.S. tax form is out and the cryptocurrency question is the first one on the main 1040 tax form used by about 150 million people to file their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires all tax filers to declare whether they have received, sold, exchanged, or acquired any cryptocurrencies.

IRS Focuses on Crypto

The IRS has published a draft tax form for the 2020 filing. The question about cryptocurrency is now the very first one on Form 1040, the main tax form used by individual U.S. tax filers. Every year, about 150 million people use this form to file their taxes.

The question reads: “At any time during 2020, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency?” It only requires a yes or no answer.

IRS Prioritizes Cryptocurrency, Now First Question on 1040 Tax Form
IRS’ 2020 draft tax form showing that the cryptocurrency question is the very first one on Form 1040, which is used by about 150 million individuals in the U.S. to file their tax returns.

The IRS began including the cryptocurrency question in its tax form last year. However, the question was previously on Schedule 1, the form used for declaring “Additional Income and Adjustments to Income.” Some tax experts believe that the agency’s crypto question is unconstitutional.

IRS Prioritizes Cryptocurrency, Now First Question on 1040 Tax Form
IRS’ 2019 tax form showing the crypto question on Schedule 1, the form used for declaring additional income.

Twitter user Justin Winston Ono Wales, who said he is a crypto lawyer, believes that the IRS’ question “is way too broad and should be challenged.” He explained: “If you get paid in crypto, you must declare it as wages. If you realized gains from a crypto investment, you must declare it as a cap gain. But constitutionally, the gov should not know whether you purchased, received, or acquired crypto because crypto is not just money … public chains like Bitcoin requires a native currency (BTC) to access its network. BTC is sound money, but also much more,” adding:

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