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Biden administration set to overhaul crypto-tax regime in the United States

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  • President Joe Biden’s taxation guidelines for 2024 will remove tax deductions for losses from crypto-wash sales
  • New budget proposal will also double the capital gains tax from 20% to 40%

United States President Joe Biden’s upcoming budget proposal for 2024 is set to introduce significant changes to the tax regime for cryptocurrencies. The proposal includes an end to a tax strategy that has been used by crypto-traders, known as tax-loss harvesting. This, as well as a doubling of the capital gains tax rate for investors making at least $1 million.

No tax rebates for crypto-losses

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the Biden administration’s plan to end tax-loss harvesting for cryptocurrencies is part of its larger effort to close tax loopholes and generate revenue for the government. Tax-loss harvesting involves selling crypto-assets at a loss for tax purposes, followed by immediately repurchasing it. This strategy reduces an investor’s taxable income and can result in significant tax savings. However, the Biden administration argues that it is an abusive tax scheme that should be prohibited.

This move is in line with the administration’s broader effort to regulate the cryptocurrency market and ensure that it is subject to the same rules and regulations as traditional financial markets. The proposal to end tax-loss harvesting for crypto-traders is an attempt to bring the tax treatment of digital assets in line with that of stocks and bonds.

Another significant change proposed by the Biden administration is the doubling of the capital gains tax rate for investors making at least $1 million. Under the current tax code, long-term investments are taxed at a rate of 20%, but the new proposal would increase the tax rate to nearly 40% for high-income investors.

This move is part of the administration’s effort to raise revenue from the wealthiest Americans and corporations. The taxation overhaul is aimed at raising around $24 billion from the crypto-industry, while also reducing fiscal deficit by nearly $3 trillion over the next decade. 

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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