The IRS Looked at Bitcoin . . .

bitcoinsA couple months ago, I posted about the problems with taxing bitcoins. In short, we didn’t know if bitcoins were currency or property. Largely, of course, the difference is immaterial: receipt of currency or property constitutes the receipt of taxable income, and using property or foreign currency to acquire goods or services constitutes a taxable realization event.[fn1] The most significant difference is that if bitcoins were property, any gain or loss could be capital, whereas if they were a currency, that gain or loss would essentially always be ordinary.

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Tax Evasion and Swedish Supergroups

ABBA-early-costumesLike any American who has ever been to a dance or listened to the radio, I’ve heard ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”[fn1] But in the last week or so, I’ve learned a couple new things about them. A week ago, listening to Sound Opinions’s Valentine’s Day episode, I learned that the band was made up of two married couples.[fn2] And yesterday, thanks to several friends on Facebook, I learned that (a) ABBA used to dress outrageously, and (b) it was apparently for tax reasons. Continue reading

Man Up, Manning: Truth Is, Peyton Won’t Pay A Ton in NJ Taxes

Peyton_Manning_(cropped)Man, New Jersey apparently must hate Peyton Manning. It’s threatening to tax his Super Bowl earnings at a rate of 51.08% if he wins. Or 101.83% if he loses. Seriously, 101.83%. And that’s just his New Jersey taxes; he’ll also owe federal income tax.

Or so says K. Sean Packard over at Forbes. In a widely circulated blog post,[fn1] Packard explains the tax trap that Manning will fall into by virtue of being the quarterback of one of the two teams playing in the Super Bowl this year.  Continue reading

Taxing Bitcoin

bitcoinsOver at Slate, Matt Yglesias mentions that, in addition to the existential questions surrounding bitcoin, there are a handful of practical questions that need to be worked out. Specifically, he wants to know if bitcoin transactions should be taxed and, if so, how they should be taxed.  Continue reading

Downton Abbey: More (or Rather, Less) Tax

Well, another week without any significant movement tax-wise.[fn] The closest we came: an old friend with the government came to look at the various manors in Yorkshire, many of which are apparently in bad shape, to evaluate the effect of the war.

So I suspect that next week it’ll get back to what we care about. Until then, well, oh well.