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Report: IRS says bitcoin not reportable on FBAR

Posted on 30th June, 2014

Each year, investors with over $10,000 in foreign financial assets are required to filed a report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The report, officially known as FinCEN Form 114: Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, is still widely known in investment and accounting circles by its previous name, Foreign Bank Account Report […]

IRS says taxpayers not required to report bitcoin to FinCEN

Posted on 6th June, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service is rarely seen as a source of good news when it comes to paperwork. On Wednesday, however, the IRS announced during a webinar for tax professionals that bitcoin holdings did not need to be reported to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for this year’s tax season. There had been some […]

FinCEN: Bitcoin escrow services and cloud-based miners are not money transmitters

Posted on 30th April, 2014

In a letter released yesterday, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) further clarified rules for bitcoin escrow services and cloud-based mining operations. The letter (PDF) issues a new ruling that neither form of business fits the requirements of a money transmitter service as detailed in the Bank Secrecy Act, and as such would not […]

U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Cohen claims bitcoin is bad for money launderers and terrorists

Posted on 18th March, 2014

Speaking at the Bloomberg Breakfast event today, US Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S Cohen answered many questions about the evolution of policies and law enforcement tactics related to virtual currencies. Cohen focused largely on efforts to combat illicit uses of cryptocurrency, but also hinted that long term […]