It’s tax season, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to report your cryptocurrency earnings on your taxes. If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of questions. What kind of documentation do I need? How do I calculate my gains? Do I have to pay taxes on my crypto holdings?
In this article, we’re going to answer all of those questions and more. By the end, you should have a pretty good idea of what you need to do in order to report your Binance earnings on your taxes.
First things first, let’s talk about what kind of documentation you need in order to accurately report your Binance earnings. The most important piece of documentation is your trade history.
Binance does not currently provide users with a 1099 form, so it’s up to you to keep track of all of your trades.
The best way to do this is to export your trade history from Binance as a CSV file. This will give you a record of all of your trades, including the date, time, price, amount, and fee.
You can then use this information to calculate your capital gains and losses for each trade.
If you want an even easier way to track your trades, you can use a service like CoinTracking.info.
CoinTracking will automatically import your trade history from Binance (and other exchanges), and then calculate your gains and losses for you. It’s a great way to save time and ensure that you have accurate records.
Once you have your trade history, it’s time to start calculating your gains and losses. If you live in the United States, there are two different ways that you can be taxed on your cryptocurrency earnings: short-term capital gains and long-term capital gains.
Short-term capital gains are taxed as regular income, at your marginal tax rate. So if you are in the 25% tax bracket, your short-term capital gains will be taxed at 25%.
Long-term capital gains are taxed at a lower rate, typically 15%. However, in order to qualify for the long-term capital gains rate, you must hold the asset for more than one year.
In order to calculate your gain or loss on a trade, you need to know the price that you paid for the asset (your “cost basis”), and the price that you sold it for (your “sale price”). Your gain or loss is equal to the difference between these two prices. For example:
If you bought 1 Bitcoin for $10,000 and sold it for $11,000, then your gain would be $1,000 ($11,000 – $10,000). This $1,000 would be taxed as a short-term capital gain at your marginal tax rate.
If you bought 1 Bitcoin for $10,000 and sold it for $20,000 one year later, then your gain would be $10 ($20 000 – $10 000). This $10 000 would be taxed as a long-term capital gain at 15%.
In general, it’s best to hold onto assets for more than one year whenever possible so that you can take advantage of the lower long-term capital gains rate. However, there may be times when it makes sense to sell an asset sooner in order to take advantage of a short-term gain (or avoid a short-term loss).
It all depends on your individual circumstances.
Once you’ve calculated your gains and losses for each trade, it’s time to start thinking about how much tax you owe. In the United States (and many other countries), cryptocurrency is considered property rather than currency. This means that every time you sell an asset for more than you paid for it (a “capital gain”), you owe taxes on the difference between these two prices. Conversely, if you sell an asset for less than what you paid for it (a “capital loss”), you can use this loss to offset other capital gains (up to $3 000) or reduce your taxable income by up to $3 000 .
So if in our previous example ,you had made two additional sales during the year ,one where Bitcoin was sold for 12 000$ resulting in a 1000$ short term gain ,and another where Bitcoin was sold for 9500$ ,resulting in a 1500$ short term loss ,you would only owe taxes on the net gain of 500$ .(1000$ – 1500$) If however this was not offset by any other realized losses or gains during the year ,the full 1000$ would be subject taxable .
In conclusion ,if want report Binance earnings on taxes ,you need export trade history CSV file from Binance , calculate capital gains and losses using this information ,and finally determine how much tax owe .