U.S. actions are feared by influential crypto figures to deter cryptocurrency firms, hampering business and growth in the country. Prominent figures criticize President Biden’s new crypto tax reporting regulations. Crypto community expresses concerns over proposed tax rules by Biden administration.
Furthermore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed new rules on August 25 to catch cryptocurrency users who try to avoid taxes. Brokers must adhere to rules for selling/trading digital assets under these guidelines. To facilitate tax filing and minimize cheating, brokers would use a newly designed form.
Moreover, the U.S. Treasury aims to match digital assessment reporting with rules for other transactions in proposed regulations. The cryptocurrency community fears stringent regulations will alienate industry from the U.S., hindering growth and innovation.
Messari CEO Ryan Selkis expressed his disapproval of the release. He stated that the cryptocurencies industry might struggle in the country under a potential Biden reelection.
There's no future for crypto in the US if Biden is reelected. I'm sorry.
Move abroad, draft Newsom and hope for the best, or vote GOP where at least we know the top three candidates are less terrible on this issue.
Crypto has always been political. 🔫🧑🚀
Have a nice weekend.
— Ryan Selkis 🪳 (@twobitidiot) August 25, 2023
Chris Perkins, the president of crypto venture firm CoinFund, believes that other countries have surpassed the U.S. in terms of technological advances. Consequently, he predicts that these regulations will inevitably hinder innovation from entering the country.
Time is on our side?
I'm from belgium and saw politicians talking that its a good thing that the us acts like it does so we here in europe can gain the advantage and thus MiCa was born
Time is not on your side and its the 2 party system that will cost the us the leadership
— placePro (blue checkmark) (@placePro3) August 26, 2023
They favor gentle, detailed rules for secure cryptocurencies innovation over harsh crackdowns to promote industry growth and safety. In the U.S., doubts persist about Democrats and Republicans supporting crypto interests effectively among certain individuals.
One user expressed doubt about the effectiveness of either political party in addressing crypto-related matters. Another individual highlighted privacy concerns arising from the new regulations. U.S. tax commitment hinders adopting private transactions on public ledgers due to tax and sanction monitoring.
Crypto Leaders Raise Regulatory Concerns Amid U.S. Policy Shifts
On August 25, Kristin Smith, CEO of Blockchain Association, voiced concerns about merging digital and traditional asset reporting. Smith emphasizes the importance of recognizing the stark differences between the cryptocurencies ecosystem and traditional assets.
Accordingly, it becomes crucial to tailor rules specifically for this unique environment. However, this helps avoid the accidental inclusion of ecosystem participants who lack a clear compliance pathway.
According to Biden’s suggestion, a proposal is to implement taxes on crypto mining operations to reduce their prevalence. A budget proposal dated March 9 suggested implementing an “excise tax equal to 30 percent of the electricity costs associated with digital asset mining.”
The crypto industry in the United States has expressed concerns regarding regulatory decisions and their impact on innovation. On August 13, Grayscale Investments CEO Michael Sonnenshein warned about excessive SEC enforcement. He stated that frequent actions could push cryptocurrency firms out of the country.
Sonnenschein worried court resolutions stifle cryptocurencies innovation, favoring alternative approaches for progress in our nation’s development.
Meanwhile, Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse recently highlighted a notable shift in the crypto industry. He asserts Australia, the U.K., and Singapore surged ahead in crypto regulation, surpassing the U.S. These countries accelerated crypto rules, leaving the U.S. behind.