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House passes 1TB infrastructure bill with crypto tax for Biden approval

The US House of Representatives has passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that, if signed into law by President Joe Biden, would impose new provisions regarding crypto tax reporting for all citizens.

The infrastructure bill was first proposed by the Biden administration with the primary goal of improving the national transportation network and internet coverage. However, the bill imposed strict reporting requirements for the crypto community, requiring all transactions of digital assets over $10,000 to be reported to the IRS.

As Cointelegraph reported, the bill was first approved by the Senate on August 10 by 69 to 30, which was met with a motion to waive an amendment by a group of six senators — Pat Toomey, Cynthia Loomis, Rob Portman, Mark Warner. Kirsten Sinema and Ron Wyden. According to Tommy:

“This legislation imposes a poorly flawed, and in some cases impractical, mandate to report cryptocurrency taxes that threatens future technological innovation.”

Although the literal text of the bill is not clear, the infrastructure bill aims to treat crypto community software developers, transaction auditors, and contract operators similar to intermediaries in traditional institutions.

The House of Representatives passed President Biden’s controversial infrastructure bill after winning 228-206 votes. In addition, the crypto community has raised concerns about the vague description of the word “intermediary” which may therefore impose unrealistic tax reporting requirements for sub-communities such as miners.

As a result, the inability to disclose earnings related to cryptocurrencies will be treated as a tax offense and felony.

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Legal experts have recommended amendments to the infrastructure bill that makes failure to report digital asset transactions a criminal offense.

Abraham Sutherland, a lecturer at the University of Virginia, raised concerns about the US government’s decision to cover cryptocurrency sub-communities as intermediaries:

“It is bad for all users of digital assets, but especially bad for decentralized finance. The law would not ban DeFi entirely. Instead, it would impose reporting requirements that, given the way DeFi works, would make compliance impossible.”