Ask the Crypto Tax Lawyer: What’s New for ’22?

2022 is a marquee year for anyone who took got involved in cryptocurrency during the 2021 market boom. The start of the new year means the start of tax preparation season and many individuals and companies are working to understand the tax treatment and implications of digital asset investments. In 2021, the IRS and the…

What is a Security Token Offering (STO) and How Do I Use It In My Business?

A security token offering (or STO) is a 21st century blockchain-based alternative to a traditional equity or debt sale to raise company funds. Instead of selling units or shares, a company sells digital tokens to investors. Instead of selling SAFE (simple agreement for future equity) notes, companies can offer a SAFT (simple agreement for future…

What Every Business Owner Must Know About Cryptocurrency Systemic Risk

Whether your business is a full-scale investor in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology or whether you are simply using cryptocurrency to diversify your balance sheet or facilitate international transactions, you are assuming systemic risk. Systemic risk is basically the risk that the “system” in question will fail. The 2008 financial crisis is a recent example of…

Are Real-Money Video Game Tournaments Legal?

Video games are quintessential contests of skill and online multiplayer modes are a must in most modern video games. And yes, playing skill video games for real money prizes is legal in the majority of U.S. states. Some of the most popular video games (Call of Duty, Fortnite, Magic: Arena, and others) frequently feature official…

Are Play-to-Earn Video Games Legal in the United States?

Are play-to-earn video games legal? The answer depends on the specifics of the game. For many gaming developers, play-to-earn is a lucrative business model in 2021. These games let players compete against other players (PvP) or against the the game itself (PvE) to earn rewards that have real-world value. For example, players may pay real…

Business Law Essentials for the Modern Video Game Company.

As a game developer, unless you are working on the new Ace Attorney game, law and lawyers are the last thing on your mind. But no matter how high-tech, innovative, and cutting-edge your product, video games and mobile apps are still a business and there are industry-specific legal areas to consider. Doing it right will…

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…

How to Advertise Real-Money Skill Games on Facebook: A Legal Opinion is Necessary.

Facebook remains the dominant social media platform with an astounding 2.85 billion worldwide users reported in the first quarter of 2021. In the United States alone there are 190 million active accounts, second only to India’s 330 million. Because of its influence and integration into our day-to-day lives, Facebook is an indispensable advertising tool and…

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…