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IRS Provides Clarification on the Qualified Appraisal Requirement for Cryptocurrency Contributions

The IRS recently provided clarification about the qualified appraisal requirement for charitable contributions of cryptocurrency in a memorandum from the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. The key takeaway is that although cryptocurrency may be traded on an exchange with readily available market quotations, the IRS’s position is that cryptocurrency is not a security.

Therefore, while publicly traded securities are generally exempt from the qualified appraisal rule because they are traded on an exchange with readily available market quotations, this exemption does not apply to cryptocurrency. This leads to the conclusion that gifts of cryptocurrency must be substantiated by a qualified appraisal.

For cryptocurrency contributions valued at more than $5,000, the donor must receive a qualified appraisal prepared by a qualified appraiser to substantiate the valuation and the organization receiving the donation must sign Form 8283.

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Ted R. Batson, Jr.

Ted serves as partner, tax counsel, and Professional Practice Leader – Tax. As a certified public accountant and tax counsel, Ted advises exempt organizations of all sizes on a wide range of issues. This includes consulting on tax and employee benefit related matters, representation before state and federal tax authorities, and assistance with firm audit or advisory engagements to formulate advice and counsel on important operating and tax issues. Ted also leads the firm’s tax preparation practice, including IRS Forms 990 and 990-T and related state forms.

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