US cryptocurrency tax solved

Declaring crypto just became higher priority than kids on the US Tax Return. Checking “Yes” to the crypto question can be heartbreaking but is no where near as painful as finding the numbers.

Here’s where Recap helps - import your trades and we do the math for you! We calculate your long term and short term capital gains and auto generate Forms 8949 and 1040 Schedule D.

US cryptocurrency tax reports

The basics of crypto tax for US individuals

The lowdown on what’s taxable, how it should be treated, how and where to report and what rate of tax you can expect to pay.

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Fast crypto tax facts

Tax authority
IRS (Inland Revenue Service)
Current filing tax year
2020
Filing tax year dates
January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Filing deadline
June 15, 2021
Applicable taxes
Capital Gains Tax, Income Tax & others
Capital Gains rates
0% - 20%
Declared by
Annual Tax Return
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What's actually taxable?

From selling to airdrops, here are the major crytpo activities that need to be considered for tax in the US.

Selling crypto for fiat
Trading crypto to crypto
Paying for goods & services with crypto
Mining crypto
Earning crypto
Rewards from staking, lending & referrals
Gifting or donating crypto
Airdrops

How Recap works

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Import your data

Connect to the top exchanges, upload CSV files and import transactions manually.

2

Check your gains and losses

See all your crypto holdings and view all historic trades and transactions. Check your capital gains.

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Download your tax report

Get your full tax report ready for your accountant.

How it works

Optimise your taxes
with your preferred tax method

FIFO
First In, First Out means that assets acquired first are disposed of first.
LIFO
Last In, First Out means that assets acquired last are disposed of first.
Highest Cost
Highest Cost means assets acquired with the highest value are disposed of first, which minimizes overall gains.
Lowest Cost
Lowest Cost means assets acquired with the lowest value are disposed of first, which maximizes overall gains.

What's the FMV?

FMV means Fair Market Value and in line with IRS guidance our FMV method finds the most recent price on the exchange where you traded.

Sounds standard?... You’d be surprised! It makes us one of the most accurate tax calculators on the block.

IRS - FAQ on Virtual Currencies (Q24, Q25)

What's the FMV?

Frequently asked questions

How should I answer "The Cryptocurrency Question" on Schedule 1?
Whether you agree or disagree with tax on crypto you need to answer this new question truthfully.
How should I keep track of my crypto trades?
One of the most important things to do in the crypto space is to keep records of all of your trades and activity. At Recap, we recommend always backing up your exchange transaction CSV files and keeping these backed up in multiple places. It is also important to keep this data safe and encrypted to ensure your own security.
What cost basis method should I use?
There are different approaches to cost basis; the most well known are FIFO, LIFO, SpecID, HIFO and LOFO. You should choose one method and use it consistently to calculate your capital gains.
Are trading fees tax deductible?
Incidental costs of purchase and disposal can be deducted from capital gains. There isn’t much guidance from the IRS yet but we would assume related costs such as Trading Fees are acceptable but transfer fees are not.

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