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How Crypto Tax Found Its Way Into US Infrastructure Bill

The crypto provision in the U.S. infrastructure bill was one of a handful of issues that nearly delayed the entire package.

A crypto-specific provision that would raise $28 billion for a $1 trillion infrastructure package before the U.S. Congress was so contentious that it briefly held up the entire bill. 

Much of the controversy hinges on a technical detail: the definition of the term “broker.” The provision, which would define a “broker” as any person who provides a service “effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person,” has been questioned by industry participants due to the possibility that it will include non-custodial companies, such as decentralized exchanges and miners, that would be unable to file broker-specific tax reporting forms.

The crypto provision was one of a handful of issues that held up the entire 2,702-page infrastructure bill, according to an individual familiar with the situation. The Senate hoped to introduce the bill late last week, but it wasn’t published until Sunday night.

The holdup appears to be at least partly driven by concerns that removing certain businesses from the bill would change its “scoring.” 

The way the provision is currently worded, non-custodial businesses are part of the scoring, or how the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) evaluated the amount of revenue it could bring in. It’s possible that explicitly excluding miners, for example, could change the scoring, meaning the provision would no longer be expected to generate $28 billion. This in turn could impact the rest of the bill, forcing lawmakers to find new ways of funding the overall package. Though the JCT published its overall score for the bill, the way the JCT arrived at the $28 billion figure is currently unknown.

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The bipartisan infrastructure bill has been a priority for U.S. President Joe Biden. The $1 trillion bill would send funds to public transit (including passenger rail), bridges, roads, energy transmission and electric vehicle infrastructure, water rights, tunnels and more. 

source of news:coindesk


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