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H.R. 6973 - Safe Harbor for Taxpayers with Forked Assets Act of 2018

Sponsor: Tom Emmer (R)
Introduced: 2018-09-28
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6973


    To provide temporary safe harbor for the tax treatment of hard forks of convertible virtual currency in the absence of administrative guidance.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2018

    Mr. Emmer introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

    To provide temporary safe harbor for the tax treatment of hard forks of convertible virtual currency in the absence of administrative guidance.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Safe Harbor for Taxpayers with Forked Assets Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Safe harbor period for penalties relating to tax treatment of hard-forked virtual currency.

(a) In general.—In the case of a taxpayer who during the applicable period receives forked convertible virtual currency—

(1) no penalties or additions to tax under part II of subchapter A of chapter 68 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall apply with respect to any portion of an underpayment or understatement of tax that is attributable to the taxpayer’s attempt during such period to comply with the tax treatment under such Code of the receipt of such virtual currency (or any disposition of such currency during such period); and

(2) no penalties or additions to tax under sections 6651, 6654, 6655, 6656, 6698, and 6699 shall apply for any failure during the applicable period to file a return or report or make a payment of tax to the extent such failure is attributable to filing or payment requirements relating to the receipt of such virtual currency (or any disposition of such currency during such period).

(b) Definitions and special rules.—For purposes of this section—

(1) APPLICABLE PERIOD.—The term “applicable period” means any period beginning before the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on the date the Secretary issues regulations or guidance, or legislation is enacted, that prescribes each of the following:

(A) The tax treatment of receiving forked convertible virtual currency.

(B) Rules for calculating and allocating the basis of forked convertible virtual currency.

(C) Rules for calculating the fair market value of forked convertible virtual currency at any given time.

(D) Rules for determining the holding period of forked convertible virtual currency.

(2) FORKED CONVERTIBLE VIRTUAL CURRENCY.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The term “forked convertible virtual currency” means, with respect to any taxpayer, any convertible virtual currency to which the taxpayer becomes entitled by reason of a hard fork.

(B) CONVERTIBLE VIRTUAL CURRENCY.—The term “convertible virtual currency” means any digital representation of value that—

(i) functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, or a store of value;

(ii) does not have legal tender status; and

(iii) has an ascertainable equivalent value in legal tender or is used as a substitute for legal tender.

(C) HARD FORK.—The term “hard fork” means, with respect to any convertible virtual currency, any material change in the shared digital ledger which is used to verify by consensus transactions in such currency if such change results in the maintenance of independent shared digital ledgers with respect to such currency.

(3) CONSTRUCTIVE RECEIPT.—Receiving forked virtual currency shall include any right to receive (or other constructive of) such virtual currency.


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