US: no taxes for crypto transactions under $50
US: no taxes for crypto transactions under $50

US: no taxes for crypto transactions under $50

By Marco Cavicchioli - 27 Jul 2022

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Yesterday, CNBC reported on a proposed bill that would eliminate taxes on crypto transactions worth less than $50. 

The bill is called the Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act, and it is proposed by Senators Patrick Toomey, a Republican, and Krysten Sinema, a Democrat. 

Crypto transactions under $50 exempt in the US

According to Senator Toomey, cryptocurrencies have the potential to become part of our daily lives, but the current tax code stands in the way of the actual realization of this scenario. Therefore, together with Senator Sinema, they want to make it easier to use digital currencies as a common payment method by exempting small transactions from taxes.

Arizona’s senator explains that she wanted to protect the residents of her state from “surprise” transaction taxes on everyday payments in digital currencies. 

Toomey-Sinema’s Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act simplifies digital payments for everyday purchases by ensuring that there is no taxation on small payments. The law will make it easier for Americans to use cryptocurrencies as a means of everyday payment. 

Indeed, on any capital gains generated by the use of cryptocurrencies as a means of payment, the same taxation should be applied as for the sale of cryptocurrencies in fiat currency, but with this bill, a tax exemption will be provided for transactions worth up to $50, or transactions that generate a capital gain of less than $50.

Senator Cynthia Lummis also participated in the creation of the new bill

The bill was drafted in collaboration with Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis who, along with Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, proposed the Responsible Financial Innovation Act. 

Congress will actually be on vacation during August, and after that there will be campaigning for the Mid Term elections. It is unlikely that it will be able to make a decision on this bill before November, and since Senator Toomey has no plans to run again, he may not be in the House to pursue his bill after the elections. 

Another similar proposal was previously made suggesting an exemption on transactions under $200, but it was rejected. 

However, the context seems to have changed in recent months, largely due to the work of Senators Lummis and Gillibrand that is providing a clear framework for cryptocurrencies within the US legal system

Marco Cavicchioli

Born in 1975, Marco has been the first to talk about Bitcoin on YouTube in Italy. He founded and the Facebook group" Bitcoin Italia (open and without scam) ".

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