IRS Wins Summons To See If Digital Currency Users Pay Tax

Law360, Washington (December 1, 2016, 1:30 PM EST) -- A California federal court Thursday authorized a John Doe summons by the IRS to obtain information from virtual currency exchanger Coinbase Inc. so it can investigate whether the company’s customers avoided paying taxes on transactions made through the company.

San Francisco-based Coinbase itself has not been accused by the IRS of engaging in nefarious activity, but the agency believes records of transactions made via the company’s currency exchange business could reveal the identities of individuals who have failed to pay taxes on transactions made via encrypted...
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