Cryptocurrency: What if your clients own it and you don’t think they should?

Consider talking with your client about giving cryptocurrency to a family fund at the Community Foundation or other public charity. Gifts of cryptocurrency are similar to gifts of other highly appreciated assets, including the documentation required to substantiate value. Be aware, though, that the IRS is watching cryptocurrency closely and considers it an area of potential underreporting and abuse. Recently, for example, for the very first time the IRS has targeted a cryptocurrency trading platform with a subpoena-like process to gather information about possible abusive transactions. 

As cryptocurrencies’ profiles rise in the marketplace, the team at the community foundation is happy to work with you to evaluate whether charitable giving strategies could be a tax-savvy option for your community-minded clients to exit the cryptocurrency market and simultaneously support their philanthropic goals.