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Aug 11, 2023

In this episode two members of the AICPA Virtual Currency and Digital Assets Tax Task Force (VCDATTF), Nik Fahrer, CPA, Senior Manager, National Tax Professional Standards Group — FORVIS, and Robert Tobey, CPA, Partner — REID CPAs, LLP, share their expertise with April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, AICPA & CIMA, on how to vet potential clients with digital asset activities, including questions to ask, as well as how to gain more expertise in this evolving field.

What you’ll learn in this episode

  • Expertise tax practitioners need to be proficient in the digital asset field (0:55)
  • Best places and ways to gain digital asset tax expertise (3:00)
  • Examples of processes and procedures to set in place before accepting a client with digital asset activities (5:59)
  • Record keeping responsibilities (14:05)
  • Red flags (15:04)
  • Highlights from Rev. Rul. 2023-14 (16:41)
  • Current projects of the VCDATTF (18:36)
  • Final thoughts (20:48)

Related resources

AICPA resources

  • Digital assets and virtual currency tax guidance and resources — Sharpen your tax knowledge on digital assets and understand the tax complexities and strategies involved with virtual currency and cryptocurrency. This hub is your go-to library for AICPA guidance and resources as well as current legislative and IRS initiatives and projects the VCDATTF is monitoring.
  • Crypto Loss Tax Reporting: Fact or Fiction — With the prevalence of recent virtual currency exchange bankruptcies and digital asset volatility, taxpayers may have misconceptions on reporting tax losses.
  • Rev. Rul. 2023-14 — The ruling provides that cash-method taxpayers who stake cryptocurrency native to a proof-of-stake blockchain and receive additional units of cryptocurrency when validation occurs (i.e., validation rewards) must include the fair market value (FMV) of proof-of-stake validation rewards in their gross income for the tax year in which they gain dominion and control over the validation rewards.
  • AICPA Comments on the IRS Draft 2023 Forms 1040, 1065, 1120, and 1120-S Digital Asset Question — The AICPA submitted comments on the digital asset question that is first appearing on the draft 2023 Forms 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income (version dated June 23, 2023); 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return (version dated June 2, 2023); and 1120-S, U.S. Income Tax Return for an S Corporation (version dated June 22, 2023). The AICPA also commented on the draft 2023 Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (version dated June 22, 2023), digital asset question.
  • AICPA Comments on Non-Fungible Tokens – Notice 2023-27 The AICPA submitted comments on Notice 2023-27 on the treatment of certain non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as collectibles. The AICPA is requesting that Treasury and the IRS provide further guidance on the issues suggested in our comments.

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