The IRS is scrambling to keep up with technological developments.
The tax treatment of bitcoin and other types of virtual currencies is difficult to square with traditional tax principles. Those traditional tax principles were embodied in IRS code that was enacted at a time when no one in Congress could have envisioned people doing business and investing in this type of product. The IRS has come forward with some guidance to explain how it will apply the federal tax code to transactions that take place in bitcoin and other types of virtual currency. Watch this video for an explanation of what the IRS is working on and how this is affecting the digital currency tax compliance gap.
Matthew D. Lee
Fox Rothschild LLP
- Partner in the Philadelphia office of Fox Rothschild LLP
- Former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney
- Practice emphasizes all aspects of white collar criminal defense and federal tax controversies
- Advises clients on FATCA and FBAR reporting requirements and IRS voluntary disclosure programs
- Counsels foreign banks on FATCA compliance issues
- Author of The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Answer Book 2017 (Practising Law Institute)
- Frequent speaker and writer on issues relating to the IRS voluntary disclosure programs, DOJ/IRS enforcement efforts regarding undeclared foreign bank accounts, and FBAR and FATCA rules and regulations
- Member of the Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and District of Columbia Bars
- J.D. degree, Emory University School of Law; B.A. degree, Furman University
- Can be contacted at 215-299-2765 or [email protected]
- Partner with Fox Rothschild LLP
- Former certified public accountant who focuses her practice on tax controversy, tax compliance and tax planning for clients with difficult and sophisticated tax issues
- Extensive experience handling cases involving IRS focused compliance regimes including for clients who invested in listed transactions, conservation easements, captive insurance arrangements, and clients who own marijuana businesses
- Experience as a CPA makes her uniquely qualified to address the issues of the marijuana industry, which are a unique blend of accounting and legal considerations
- Counsels accountants faced with professional liability issues
- J.D. degree, with honors, George Washington University Law School; M.S. and B.B.A. degrees in accounting, Texas A&M University
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