US Households Owe $25 Billion In Taxes On Cryptocurrencies, Analyst Tom Lee Estimates

U.S. households seemingly owe $25 billion in capital positive aspects taxes for his or her cryptocurrency holdings, which may end in “large” promoting of the digital currencies into U.S. by the mid-April tax submitting deadline, one Wall Road analyst mentioned.

“This can be a large outflow from crypto to USD and historic estimates are every $1 of USD outflow is $20-$25 impression on crypto market worth,” Thomas Lee, head of analysis at Fundstrat World Advisors, mentioned in a Thursday report. Previously chief fairness strategist at J.P. Morgan Chase, Lee is the one main Wall Road analyst to formally cowl bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies.

“Moreover, we consider there may be promoting stress by crypto exchanges who’re topic to revenue tax in U.S. jurisdictions,” Lee mentioned. “Many exchanges have internet revenue in 2017 [of more than] $1 billion and preserve working capital in [bitcoin]/[ethereum], not USD — therefore, to satisfy these tax liabilities, are promoting BTC/ETH.”

Bitcoin efficiency over the past 12 months

Supply: CoinDesk

Tax-related promoting would add to bitcoin’s powerful begin to the yr.

The biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization plunged 50 % within the first quarter due primarily to regulatory uncertainty, analysts mentioned. It has fallen barely within the first 5 days of the second quarter to round $6,800, in line with CoinDesk’s bitcoin value index.

“Regulatory headline threat continues to be substantial. And sentiment stays terrible, as measured by our bitcoin distress index, which continues to be studying distress,” Lee mentioned.

Regardless of the current fall in bitcoin’s value, U.S. buyers should owe capital positive aspects taxes on cryptocurrencies’ great rally final yr, leading to a have to promote. Final yr, bitcoin soared greater than 13 instances in value and hit an all-time excessive above $19,000 in mid-December. It stays about 450 % larger over the past 12 months.

The IRS treats “digital forex” as property, that means transactions are taxed.

Lee estimates cryptocurrency buyers have a tax legal responsibility of $25 billion for 2017, primarily based on the historic tendency of U.S. households to appreciate about 52 % of capital positive aspects in any single yr.

Traders seemingly realized a file $1.04 trillion in capital positive aspects for cryptocurrencies and shares in 2017, Lee mentioned. He added the mixed determine is essentially the most since reaching $924 million in 2007, simply because the monetary disaster was getting began and shortly earlier than bitcoin was invented.

Nevertheless, promoting round tax season may abate in lower than two weeks.

“In the end, we anticipate bitcoin to search out footing after April [17], tax day,” Lee mentioned.

Lee nonetheless sees bitcoin almost tripling to $20,000 by the center of this yr, and rising additional to $25,000 by year-end. He expects ethereum to quadruple to $1,500 by the center of the yr and in the end attain $1,900 by the top of the yr.

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