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How to Cash Out Crypto Without Paying Taxes

How to Cash Out Crypto Without Paying Taxes
How to Cash Out Crypto Without Paying Taxes
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Key takeaways

  • Typically, selling or trading away your crypto is subject to capital gains tax. 
  • Strategies like tax-loss harvesting can help you legally reduce your cryptocurrency taxes. 

Looking to cash out your crypto without paying taxes? In this guide, we’ll walk through IRS guidelines on converting your cryptocurrency to fiat and share a few strategies that can help you save thousands on your tax bill.

How is cryptocurrency taxed in the US?

Before we take a look at our tax-saving strategies, let’s walk through the basics of how cryptocurrency is taxed in the US. 

In the United States and most other countries, cryptocurrency is subject to capital gains and ordinary income tax. 

How is cryptocurrency taxed?

Cashing out cryptocurrency to fiat currency is considered a disposal subject to capital gains tax. 

For more information, check out our ultimate guide to how cryptocurrency is taxed in the United States

How much taxes do you pay when you cash out crypto? 

How much tax you pay on your cryptocurrency disposals depends on multiple factors, such as your total income for the year and how long you held your cryptocurrency. 

If you dispose of your cryptocurrency after longer than 12 months of holding, you’ll pay long-term capital gains tax ranging from 0-20%. 

Long-term capital gains tax 2023

If you dispose of your cryptocurrency after less than 12 months of holding, your profits will be considered ordinary income and taxed between 10-37%. 

short-term capital gains tax

For more information, check out our guide to crypto tax rates

What happens if I don’t report my crypto to the IRS? 

Not reporting your cryptocurrency transactions to the IRS is considered tax evasion — a serious crime with serious consequences. The maximum penalty for tax evasion is 5 years in prison and a fine of $100,000. 

Though cryptocurrency transactions are pseudo-anonymous, it’s important to remember that the IRS has methods to identify investors. Major exchanges like Coinbase issue 1099 forms to the IRS that contain customer information and detail your taxable income for the year. 

In addition, it’s important to remember that transactions on blockchains like Ethereum and Bitcoin are publicly visible and permanent. In the past, the IRS has worked with contractors to analyze blockchain transactions and identify ‘anonymous’ wallets. 

How to legally cash out your cryptocurrency without paying taxes

Converting your cryptocurrency into fiat currency is subject to capital gains tax. However, there are strategies that help you legally reduce your tax bill on your cryptocurrency profits.

Harvest losses 

Selling your cryptocurrency at a loss can help offset gains from cashing out crypto. 

When you harvest losses, you can offset your gains from cryptocurrency, stocks, and other assets and up to $3,000 of income. Any net losses above this amount can be carried forward into future tax years. 

Crypto IRAs 

Crypto IRAs (individual retirement accounts) can help you grow wealth on a tax-free or tax–deferred basis. While most retirement plan providers don’t allow you to invest in cryptocurrency IRAs directly, you can use a self-directed IRA provider like iTrustCapital, Bitcoin IRA, or Coin IRA

Take out a cryptocurrency loan 

Instead of cashing out your cryptocurrency, consider taking out a cryptocurrency loan

In general, loans are considered tax-free. That means that if you’re looking for access to fiat currency, taking out a loan may be a great alternative to selling your cryptocurrency.

Move to a low-tax state or country 

While it may seem like an extreme step to take, some investors do choose to relocate to low-tax states. Currently, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming have no income taxes (though New Hampshire taxes interest and dividends). 

Some investors even choose to relocate to countries where cryptocurrency isn’t taxed. At this time, cryptocurrency is tax-free for individual investors in countries like the United Arab Emirates and Malta. 

For more tips, check out our guide on how to legally avoid cryptocurrency taxes

Do I have to pay taxes if I didn’t cash out my crypto? 

Remember, there’s no tax for simply holding cryptocurrency. You won’t pay taxes unless you dispose of your crypto or earn interest from your existing cryptocurrency.

How CoinLedger Can Help

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