Summary: H.R.6973 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.6973. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (09/28/2018)

Safe Harbor for Taxpayers with Forked Assets Act of 2018

This bill establishes a safe harbor period that prohibits certain penalties and additional taxes from applying to a taxpayer who receives a forked convertible virtual currency until the Internal Revenue Service issues regulations or guidance, or legislation is enacted, that addresses specified issues related to the tax treatment of forked convertible virtual currency.

A "forked convertible virtual currency" is any convertible virtual currency to which the taxpayer becomes entitled by reason of a hard fork. A "hard fork" is any material change in the shared digital ledger which is used to verify by consensus transactions in the currency if the change results in the maintenance of independent shared digital ledgers with respect to the currency.

The legislation, regulations, or guidance must prescribe

  • the tax treatment of receiving forked convertible virtual currency,
  • rules for calculating and allocating the basis of forked convertible virtual currency,
  • rules for calculating the fair market value of forked convertible virtual currency at any given time, and
  • rules for determining the holding period of forked convertible virtual currency.