How does the U.S. government view Bitcoin? Is it money?


How does the U.S. government view Bitcoin? Is it a currency, a commodity, or something else?


Posted 2016-02-25T14:22:36.357

Reputation: 113 – Nick ODell – 2016-02-26T04:24:09.930



The U.S. government views Bitcoin as a commodity, kind of like gold.

If you buy Bitcoin at one price in dollars, and sell it at a higher price in dollars, you will have a gain (in dollars), that you will have to pay tax on.

If you buy some Bitcoin (using dollars), and then use the Bitcoin to buy a car, you have made a "two stage" purchase of a car. (If you then re-sell the car for dollars, you may have a taxable gain if the dollars you receive are more than the dollars you used to buy the Bitcoin that you used to buy the car.

Tom Au

Posted 2016-02-25T14:22:36.357

Reputation: 464

Would I have to pay sales tax on the car? – Jesse – 2016-02-26T14:05:52.187

@Jesse: Consult your tax accountant. You're not a car dealer so the answer may be "technically yes, but the state won't chase you." That was actually my experience with a "use" tax. I filed and paid $24 (6% of $400), and the state of Connecticut sent it back to me. – Tom Au – 2016-02-26T14:07:21.250