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Crypto tax FAQ

Am I required to report crypto trades to the IRS?

Robinhood does not provide tax advice and you should consult a tax professional regarding any specific questions you have regarding taxes owed in connection with crypto transactions.

Generally, per IRS guidelines, virtual currency is treated as property and general tax principles applicable to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency. When you sell virtual currency, you must recognize any capital gain or loss on the sale, subject to any limitations on the deductibility of capital losses. If you sold crypto or received rewards of $600 or more in the tax year, you will receive a Form 1099 from Robinhood this tax season.

Crypto cost basis

To help you file your tax returns, we’ll provide the cost basis information (if available).

Availability depends on where you purchased the crypto.

  • If purchased through Robinhood, we have and will provide the cost basis information.
  • If purchased at a different provider we won’t have the cost basis because this information isn’t sent when transferring crypto.

In instances where we don’t have the cost basis, it’s your responsibility to calculate and report the proper cost basis on your tax return.

Keep in mind

Currently, only the gross proceeds shown in the Robinhood Crypto 1099-B is reported to the IRS.

Where can I find official IRS guidance on crypto?

On August 25, 2023, the IRS unveiled its proposed regulations regarding cryptocurrency taxes. Once these regulations are finalized, we will promptly incorporate and adhere to the implemented guidelines while making any changes that may be necessary at that time.

Here are 2 sources for official IRS guidance on virtual currencies:

How does a crypto merge or hard-fork affect my 1099?

A reportable 1099 transaction may occur for a merge or hard-fork, there is a protocol change, and you receive a new cryptocurrency. However, there were no merge or hard-fork events for this tax year for any of the coins we support.

When is the year-end cutoff for crypto trades?

The year-end cutoff for crypto trades with Robinhood Crypto, LLC is 11:59 PM UTC time on December 31 for this tax year.

Disclosures

Robinhood doesn’t provide tax advice. For specific questions, you should consult a tax professional.

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The Robinhood Cash Card is a prepaid card issued by Sutton Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Mastercard® International Incorporated. RHF, RHY, RHC and RHS are affiliated entities and wholly owned subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc. RHF, RHY, RHC and RHS are not banks. Securities products offered by RHF are not FDIC insured and involve risk, including possible loss of principal. Cryptocurrencies held in RHC accounts are not covered by FDIC or SIPC protections and are not regulated by FINRA. RHY products are not subject to SIPC coverage but funds held in the Robinhood Money spending account and Robinhood Cash Card account may be eligible for FDIC pass-through insurance (review the Robinhood Cash Card Agreement and the Robinhood Spending Account Agreement).

Options trading entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all customers. Customers must read and understand the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before engaging in any options trading strategies. Options transactions are often complex and may involve the potential of losing the entire investment in a relatively short period of time. Certain complex options strategies carry additional risk, including the potential for losses that may exceed the original investment amount.

Commission-free trading of stocks, ETFs and options refers to $0 commissions for Robinhood Financial self-directed individual cash or margin brokerage accounts that trade U.S. listed securities and certain OTC securities electronically. Keep in mind, other fees such as trading (non-commission) fees, Gold subscription fees, wire transfer fees, and paper statement fees may apply to your brokerage account. Please see Robinhood Financial's Fee Schedule to learn more.

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