According to a brief help article published on Coinbase Tax Resource Center, 1099-MISC Forms will be issued to US Coinbase customers who have received $600 or more in cryptocurrency through Coinbase Earn, USDC rewards and/or staking income during 2020.
Prior to this change, Coinbase has been issuing Form 1099-Ks to US users who had more than 200 transactions and $20,000 in volume in any given year. This tax form only reported gross proceeds for the user and omitted critical cost basis information which was essential to accurately calculate your capital gain taxes. Lack of knowledge on how to accurately report this form on taxes lead to some recipients receiving IRS CP2000 tax notices and overpaying crypto taxes.
At this time it is unclear whether Coinbase will report regular cryptocurrency trading activity (cashing out crypto and exchanging one cryptocurrency with another) on Form 1099-MISC. If this were to happen, a significantly higher number of users will receive this new tax form compared to the old 1099-K form. This is because the the threshold for issuing a Form 1099-MISC ($600 or higher) is lower than the Form 1099-K (200 transactions and $20,000 in volume).
Finally, whether you receive a tax form or not, it’s your responsibility to report your gains and losses from cryptocurrency trading in your taxes.
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