How To Report Your Crypto Taxes with TurboTax (Updated for 2020)

Filing crypto with TurboTax? Learn how to make a crypto Form 8949 for TurboTax. TokenTax is integrated with TurboTax for easily getting your cryptocurrency in TurboTax

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How to report cryptocurrency on TurboTax

TurboTax has partnered with TokenTax for crypto tax filing. You can now automatically import your crypto taxes into TurboTax.

If you still need to get your crypto tax forms, you can use our cryptocurrency tax software to calculate your taxes and create your tax forms.

Instructions for importing crypto into TurboTax

Here’s the step by step for importing your cryptocurrency Form 8949 into the web edition of TokenTax. If you’re looking for instructions for the CD / Download / Desktop version of TurboTax, scroll down past the web instructions.

  1. First, complete your crypto taxes on TokenTax.
  2. Next, go to your TokenTax Documents page and create a TurboTax CSV.
  3. Start your tax return in TurboTax. In the TurboTax introduction process, select “I sold or traded Cryptocurrency” on the page titled “Let’s get an idea of your financial picture.” Selecting "I sold or traded cryptocurrency" on TurboTax
  4. Once you get to your Wages & Income screen, click Start next to Cryptocurrency. If you didn’t already select that you sold or traded cryptocurrency, add it by clicking “Add more income” on this screen and selecting cryptocurrency. Starting your cryptocurrency taxes on TurboTax
  5. You’ll be asked if you sold or traded cryptocurrency in 2019. Click Yes.
  6. Click the TokenTax logo on this next screen. The TokenTax integration on TurboTax
  7. You will now see a page where you can upload your crypto tax file. If TurboTax rejects your file for being above the 2251 transaction limit, see instructions below.

What to do if you have more than 2251 transactions

If your number of transactions for the year is greater than 2251, TurboTax will reject your file. You can submit your summary totals to TurboTax and then mail in your full 8949 separately.To send your full 8949, you physically mail the Form(s) 8949 (or a CSV/spreadsheet in the same format), along with Form 8453.

See the IRS Form 8453 for instructions on how to mail in your 8949.

For your TurboTax tax return, you can upload a summary of your capital gains / losses. To get a summary capital gains file for TurboTax, contact our live chat support and ask for an aggregated TurboTax CSV.

This will allow you to import just your summarized short and long term gain / loss to TurboTax. Only use this option if you are mailing in the complete 8949 separately with the Form 8453.

How to import crypto into TurboTax CD/Download/Desktop

Note that TurboTax's CD / Desktop edition does not officially support cryptocurrency. We recommend you use the web version for the best cryptocurrency tax support.

It is possible to include your crypto with your tax return via the TurboTax desktop / CD / downloaded edition. Note that the transaction limit in this case is higher than the their web version, at 3,000 transactions.

If you are still above 3,000 transactions, refer to the instructions above for sending in your 8949 separately.

How to import your transactions into TurboTax:

  1. In your TokenTax Documents screen, create and download a Form 8949 TXF.
  2. On TurboTax, first click Personal Income -> I’ll choose what I work on -> Investment income -> Stocks, mutual funds, bonds and other.
  3. Click “Yes” when asked if you have you sold any investments in 2018.
  4. Then click “Yes” when asked if you received a 1099 (even if your exchanges didn’t give you one).
  5. Scroll down below the "financial partners" window and select “I’ll import a TXF form.”
  6. Then select the TXF file you saved from TokenTax.

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