On November 3, 2021, the U.S. House Budget Committee introduced the latest version of the Build Back Better legislation (the “BBB Legislation” or “BBB Act”), which makes historical investments in education, climate change, and the economy. Although much has been written on the surcharge for certain high-net-worth individuals and a global minimum tax on corporations, other proposed changes in the legislation to the tax code stand to create ripple effects throughout the crypto ecosystem. We discuss the direct and indirect tax impact of the BBB Legislation for crypto investors, miners/validators, and other players further below.
Direct Tax Impact on Cryptocurrency – Wash Sale and Constructive Sales
The BBB legislation takes further steps to treat cryptocurrencies like traditional securities by subjecting all digital assets to the (A) wash sale rules under Section 1091 and (B) constructive sale rules under Section 1295 of the Code. The new wash sale rules would be effective after December 31, 2021, and the amended constructive sale rules would apply as of the date of enactment.