On October 9, 2019, IRS released Revenue Ruling 2019-24, 2019-44 IRB, which provides new guidance on the Service’s handling of cryptocurrencies and is the first of such guidance to be released since March 2014 when IRS issued Notice 2014-21. The ruling was issued after prodding from a bipartisan congressional coalition. The ruling, and attached Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”), address three issues identified by members of Congress as being in “urgent need” of IRS clarification: (i) provide some clarity as to IRS’ taxation of cryptocurrency forks and detail methods for (ii) calculating and (iii) assigning cost basis.

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