I’m a fairly new entrant into the world of cryptocurrency, and I haven’t thought until now about the potential tax implications of these investments. With the increasing popularity of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, I’m realizing that I should probably treat these like other investments in terms of tax responsibility.
I am aware that tax laws vary by country and in some cases, by state or region. However, I am more than a bit lost when it comes to how these laws might apply to crypto assets. Could someone explain how taxes work in relation to cryptocurrencies? Specifically, when are cryptocurrencies considered taxable assets? Are there specific record-keeping practices that I should follow to ensure that I’m on the right side of the law down the line?
And finally, should I hire a tax professional who is versed in cryptocurrency or can I handle this by myself with some diligent research and tracking? I have somewhat of an understanding of tax laws related to traditional investments, but I’m not sure how the same principles apply to digital assets. Any guidance you guys might have would be really useful for me as well as for others in my situation.