Crypto Tax Evasion In The U.S.: What Did The IRS Order?

The United States Internal Revenue Service has set forth a plan to hunt down crypto tax evasions with a court order that demands transaction records of taxpayers in the country. This order will give the IRS the authority to issue a so-called “John Doe” summons to M.Y. Safra Bank in New York.

They specifically asked for the transaction records of sFOX customers. sFOX is a crypto brokerage that uses M.Y. Safra Bank’s services. This summons, however, does not mean that the bank is being held guilty of wrongdoing; it simply means they are intended to assist IRS in weeding out deficient tax compliance practices.

What Is A John Doe Summon?

A John Doe Summon is authorized by the Internal revenue Code Section 7609 (f) of the IRS. Unlike other IRS summons, this one is issued for evasive taxpayers who are unknown to the IRS. it must be approved by a federal court judge only if:

  • The summons is for the investigation of an ascertainable group or class of persons or a particular person

  • There is a reasonable cause to believe that the said class or group or individual might fail or may have failed to report their assets according to the country’s tax laws

  • The information sought by the summon is not readily available from other sources

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As said by U.S. attorney Damian Williams, taxpayers must report their tax liabilities on their cryptocurrency returns just like they would do with their other assets.

The government can use all its tools, including the John Doe summons, to identify evasive taxpayers who have not reported their cryptocurrency transactions. Since 2019, the IRS is committed to making sure that everyone pays their fair share.

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The users have been asked to disclose all crypto-related tax activities on the front page while filing their tax returns.

How Are The sFOX, IRS, And The Bank Related?

M.Y. Safra Bank partnered with sFOX so that their customers can open cash-deposit accounts in their bank with all the required Know-Your-Customer proceedings. Customers could trade cryptocurrencies from their account on sFOX which approximately has 1,75,000 users with over $12 billion worth of transactions (since 2015).

Now, what is the IRS doing in the scenario? Once the IRS has issued the summons, they will now be using the bank’s information to determine who is not complying with the relevant crypto taxed laws. So far, they have identified 10 U.S. tax-paying clients of sFOX who have failed to declare their crypto transactions.

Some parties are unclear on how to answer the crypto question on the tax return. They have sought a reply from the IRS for the 2022 tax returns.

More Information On sFOX

The San Francisco Open Exchange (sFOx) is a scalable solution for institutional crypto trading built entirely with proprietary technology. They function as a full-service crypto prime dealer that provides infrastructure, security, and liquidity to unravel the full potential of digital assets.

IRS Funding For Crackdown On Crypto Taxes

The IRS will receive funding of $80 billion at a legislative level from the federal government for crypto tax enforcement. This is received under the new Inflation Reduction Act which segregates $46 billion for tracking down crypto tax evasion.

The IRS could also beef up crypto crackdown via the Infrastructure Bill (which will be brought into effect in 2023). The law asks crypto brokers to report their clients’ identities along with their transactional activities. This makes the job easier for the IRS to enforce crypto taxes as and when required.

The Bottom Line: Crackdown On Crypto Tax Evasion In The U.S.

The IRS considers cryptocurrencies as property which means people who own crypto are liable to pay taxes on them. Several cases of crypto tax non-compliance prompted the IRS to issue summons to the defaulters.

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The IRS has issued a John Doe summons to M.Y. Safra bank to comply with all the information regarding the crypto transactions of sFOX’s clients. The IRS has 10 such accounts that have evaded crypto taxes and hope to bring down more such frauds.

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By 2023, crypto brokerages like sFOX will have to show their client’s identity and transitional details to the IRS as a step to further lock down on crypto tax evasions.


1. How Much Taxes Do I Have To Pay On Crypto?

The IRS treats gains on cryptocurrencies the same way it treats other kinds of capital gains. So you must pay ordinary tax rates, i.e., 37% in 2022, on short-term capital gains for assets you held for less than a year.

2. Do You Have To Pay Any Taxes If You Pay With Crypto?

The IRS recognizes cryptocurrencies as property so when you receive crypto you have to pay income tax on its current value. On the other hand, if you are selling a cryptocurrency, you will be taxed on the difference between the proceeds of the sale and your purchase price.

3. Do I Need To Report Crypto If I Don’t Sell?

You can buy cryptocurrencies and hold them with no taxes even if their value increases. But when you try to sell it or receive crypto as payment, you become a crypto taxpayer.

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 7 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant.

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Jonathon Spire

I blog about a range of tech topics.

For the last 7 years I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant, so I write about those the most.

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