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IRS hires former Binance, TaxBit execs to regulate crypto taxation

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IRS’s strategic hiring from crypto industry raises hopes for clearer regulations.

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  • IRS hires former crypto executives to enhance capabilities amid focus on regulating crypto transactions.
  • IRS move raises privacy concerns that could impact market sentiment.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is bringing on board two former executives from the digital-asset industry, one of whom previously served at Binance’s U.S. unit, to strengthen its knowledge and capabilities in the cryptocurrency domain.

Specifically, Sulolit Raj Mukherjee, the former global head of tax at ConsenSys, a blockchain software company, and with previous experience at Binance is set to take on a role as an adviser at the IRS.

The other executive, Seth Wilks, who previously worked at crypto tax software firm TaxBit, will be taking on a similar role.

IRS gets busy

The IRS is in the process of formulating conclusive regulations mandating crypto brokers, including exchanges, to furnish comprehensive details about their clients’ transactions to the U.S. government.

Simultaneously, the unit within the IRS responsible for probing financial crimes is grappling with a notable increase in cases linked to cryptocurrency tax evasion.

IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel, in an announcement on 27th February, emphasized the significance of incorporating expertise from the private sector into the IRS team to effectively enhance the agency’s initiatives concerning digital assets.

He said,

“This is a complex and evolving sector that has major tax administration implications. It’s important we get this right for taxpayers and the nation.”

Possible impacts

The news signals a proactive effort by the IRS to better understand and regulate the crypto space, potentially leading to clearer guidelines and regulations that could benefit crypto users by providing greater clarity on their tax obligations.

The involvement of experienced professionals from the digital-asset industry enhances the IRS’s ability to formulate realistic and considerate regulations, fostering improved compliance and a more cooperative relationship between the industry and regulatory authorities.

Furthermore, the move contributes to the legitimization of cryptocurrencies within the broader financial landscape.

However, there are potential concerns regarding the privacy implications of requiring exchanges to report detailed customer transaction information to the U.S. government. This aspect may raise valid privacy concerns among users, impacting the overall sentiment around centralized exchanges.

The lack of privacy and increased scrutiny could lead to trust issues, especially among users who value the decentralized and pseudonymous nature of cryptocurrencies.

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Himalay is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Computer Science graduate, Himalay writes about crypto with a special focus on the latest coin-based updates. He is a fan of gonzo journalism, transgressive fiction, heavy metal, and Manchester United.
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