Stablecoin Taxation and Securities Regulation: What Every Investor Must Know.

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies backed by other assets like fiat currency reserves, precious metals, commercial paper, and even portfolios made up of other cryptocurrencies. By pegging their value to another asset, stablecoins attempt to decrease price volatility and achieve a more “stable” price than uncollateralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. As I previously wrote, stablecoins may…

Ask the Crypto Tax Lawyer: Offsetting Capital Gains Through Loss Harvesting.

More than half-way through 2021, cryptocurrency remains an extremely popular investment. Although volatile and subject to unpredictable regulation (yes, that means China), the market has experienced substantial growth. Exchanges like Coinbase and integration with PayPal make owning, trading, and speculating in cryptocurrency easy. Sophisticated investors have even added cryptocurrency into their self-directed retirement portfolios, banking…

International Skill-Based Real-Money Gaming: Is It Legal?

Previously, I wrote about the legality of skill-based real-money gaming in the United States. But the U.S. is not the only country where skill-based games are popular – real money competition is huge all over the world. For example, in India, skill-based gaming is not only a popular source of entertainment, but is also becoming…

Mobile App Real-Money Skill Games: Google Play Says No Thanks.

The skill-based real-money gaming market is red hot in the United States, fueled in large part by the ubiquity of smart phones. We all play games on our phones and real-money gaming provides a quick, fun way to win some money for casual players. The games are not difficult to learn, offer free practice play,…

Ask the Crypto Tax Lawyer: How Can I Reduce My Crypto Taxes?

Important: The information in this article applies to individual investors and LLCs that are taxed as pass-through entities. The rules are different for corporations and LLCs electing to be taxed as a corporation and are not addressed here. This article is for informational and promotional purposes only and, as always, you should consult with a…

Stablecoins 101: What Are They, How Are They Taxed, and Can I Use Them In My Business?

Cryptocurrency has significant business utility, especially in international transactions. Companies can exchange funds directly, without wiring fees or banking delays, and easily convert their native currencies into crypto and vice-versa using a mobile phone. However, traditional cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are extremely volatile and their exchange values can easily fluctuate 10-20% or more in…

Is Playing Video Games for Real Money Legal? It May Depend on the Game.

Skill-based real-money gaming is a growing industry worldwide. Previously, I wrote about the legality of playing casual games like Solitaire and bingo derivatives for real money. But what about console or PC games like FIFA ‘21, NHL ‘21, Madden ‘21, NBA2K21, and PGA2K21? Shooters like Call of Duty, CS:GO, and Fortnite? Strategy card games like…

Can I Use Cryptocurrency in My Business? Yes, But Proceed With Caution. A Lot of Caution.

Update: May 19, 2021 is seeing cryptocurrency values plummet, reacting to China banning financial and payment institutions from using cryptocurrencies. While individuals are not currently prohibited from holding crypto, China has effectively decimated crypto’s utility in the country. China has also officially warned investors against speculation. As of the time of this writing, Bitcoin value…