In response to the Joint Committee on Taxation’s July 2023 request for comments on application of various Internal Revenue Code sections on digital assets, we propose a consistent set of rules to apply current law to digital assets. We highlight that the underlying economics and characteristics of transactions should be the primary concern for the application of rules and the valuation of digital assets. We believe any digital asset rules should (1) treat classes of digital assets with unique characteristics differently based on their economics, (2) minimize incentives for users to engage in tax-motivated structuring of transactions, and (3) allow the Internal Revenue Service authority to react to and regulate new classes of digital assets as they are created.
We do not believe that the unique features of digital assets are a challenge to applying current law or warrant special tax preferred treatment.
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Digital Assets, Public Policy, Joint Committee on Taxation, Tax, Law, Internal Revenue Service, Cryptocurrency
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Calderón Gómez, Luís; Kim, Young Ran (Christine); and Zelinsky, Edward A., "Common Sense Recommendations for the Application of Tax Law to Digital Assets" (2023). Online Publications. 107.