IRS Releases Draft Of 1099-DA Form: What You Should Know

There is a new 1099 Form coming to the 1099 Series! Here is an overview of the recently drafted 1099-DA (Digital Assets).

IRS 1099-DA draft released

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released a draft of Form 1099-DA, which could lead to additional reporting requirements and increased regulation within the industry. With the cryptocurrency market growing at such a rapid pace and gaining more visibility, it’s understandable that regulatory bodies like the IRS would take notice.

The release of Form 1099-DA highlights the increased emphasis on compliance within the cryptocurrency space and suggests that further regulation may be on the horizon.

For more information on the draft Form 1099-DA and its implications for cryptocurrency taxpayers, keep an eye on our blog for updates and analysis.

How is Crypto currently reported to the IRS?

Cryptocurrency transactions are subject to specific tax reporting requirements in the United States. Payments received in cryptocurrency for goods or services must be reported using Form 1099-K. This form is mandated for reporting payments received from online transactions, including those made via credit card, debit card, or third-party platforms such as PayPal, Cash App, or Venmo. If an individual receives payment in cryptocurrency for goods or services, they are required to issue a Form 1099-K. 

Additionally, brokers use Form 1099-B to report the sale of securities to the IRS, including cryptocurrency transactions. However, not all cryptocurrency exchanges issue Form 1099-B. Furthermore, some exchanges may issue Form 1099-MISC for miscellaneous income, particularly for referral rewards or other earnings.

What are the potential issues in the existing reporting methods?

In existing methods, there are some potential issues in reporting cryptocurrency transactions to the IRS. 

  • Reporting inconsistencies:
    • The absence of a standardized format for reporting cryptocurrency transactions often results in inconsistencies in taxpayer’s income reporting related to digital assets. 
    • For example, one taxpayer might report their cryptocurrency transactions differently than another taxpayer, even if both are conducting similar transactions.
  • Incomplete Information:
    • The fair market value and cost basis of the cryptocurrency can be calculated by the Taxpayers. However, this process is often complex, time-consuming, and prone to errors.
    • For instance, identify the cost basis for cryptocurrency acquired through multiple transactions. 
  • Lack of reporting requirements:
    • The current reporting requirements are fulfilled through Form 1099-K, Form 1099-B, and Form 1099-MISC. These forms may only be suitable for some types of cryptocurrency transactions. 
    • For example, Form 1099-K is typically used to report payments received from online transactions, This result cannot include all types of cryptocurrency transactions.

The release of Form 1099-DA could potentially address some of these issues by providing more guidance and specific reporting requirements for digital asset transactions. 

What is Form 1099-DA?

Form 1099-DA (Digital Asset Proceeds from Broker Transactions) is a newly introduced IRS tax form designed to address the reporting of digital assets and online transactions. Unlike the other Forms, which cover a broad range of online transactions, Form 1099-DA specifically targets transactions involving digital assets such as cryptocurrencies.

Brokers and Taxpayers are required to use Form 1099-DA to report important information related to their digital asset transactions, digital asset payment processors, and certain digital asset-hosted wallet providers providing greater transparency and accountability in this rapidly growing sector.

Why is Form 1099-DA being created?

Cryptocurrency’s unique characteristics challenge exchanges to accurately report their customers’ capital gains and losses. To address this issue and simplify reporting, the IRS is introducing Form 1099-DA. This form aims to improve transparency and compliance in the cryptocurrency market by establishing a standardized reporting framework for digital asset transactions. The initiative underscores the IRS’s commitment to updating tax regulations in response to the evolving landscape of financial technologies.

Who needs to report information using Form 1099-DA?

The IRS requires the person who is acting as a broker in the digital transactions is required to report both the IRS and the customer. According to their proposal, the following categories are classified as a broker

  • Centralized Exchange
  • Decentralized Exchange
  • Digital wallets like Metamask
  • BitCoin ATM

Note: The following ones do have to be considered as a broker if they met the IRS proposal:

  • Miners, Node operators, and people who are just maintaining the blockchain
  • Hardware wallet manufactures
  • Software developers who are not directly involved in trading

Will there be penalties?

Yes, Brokers who fail to file Form 1099-DA to the IRS can face penalties ranging up to $ 3,532,500 per year.

When will Form 1099-DA be released?

The IRS released the draft version of Form 1099-DA with some information requirements. A finalized version of From 1099-DA with notable requirements is expected to be released by the IRS in 2026. Initially, the brokers were supposed to start receiving at the beginning of 2023, but now it has been pushed back to 2026. The release of Form 1099-DA is expected to bring much-needed clarity to the reporting process, addressing the challenges and inconsistencies that have plagued the industry.

Conclusion:

In this blog, we’ve discussed the recently released draft version of Form 1099-DA by the IRS, eagerly awaited by brokers and taxpayers in the cryptocurrency industry. The delayed release, now set for January 1, 2026, has left many anticipating its impact on reporting requirements.

TaxBandits, a leading platform in e-filing solutions, is also eagerly preparing for the release of Form 1099-DA. While the form is not yet available, TaxBandits is actively working to simplify the filing process for its users. Stay tuned for more updates and details on Form 1099-DA and how TaxBandits can streamline your tax filing experience.

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