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Biden’s policy on crypto taxation undermines his environmental goals

Gains accrued by staking cryptocurrency should not be treated as a taxable event. It only makes sense to tax such gains upon their conversion to legal tender currency. To do otherwise undermines a marquee environmental policy from the administration of United States President Joe Biden.

The Internal Revenue Service appears strongly inclined to treat staking gains as immediate income. The penalties for getting sideways with the IRS can be draconian. And taxing, or threatening to tax, staking gains is bad policy — and, ahem, bad politics.

Todd White is the founder of the American Blockchain PAC. Ralph Benko is senior counselor to the group.

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