What Are Crypto Tax Rates?

In the U.S., the IRS considers crypto to be property, liable for capital gain or loss. That means that your holding period may change how much tax on crypto gains you may pay. 

If you hold the crypto for a year or less before selling it, exchanging it, or spending it, then your gains are short term and taxed at your income tax rate.

If you hold the crypto for more than a year, then your are taxed the lower capital gains rate, which changes depending on your federal income tax bracket. Some other countries have similar rules. 

Remember that when it’s time to pay taxes, you report short term and long term gains separately.

How much taxes do I owe on bitcoin gains / profits?

Short term capital gains tax (equal to your income tax rates)

Here are the federal income tax brackets in the United States for the 2019 tax year. These tax rates apply to short term capital gains (crypto or other capital assets held for less than 1 year). Note that this is the same as your ordinary income tax rate.

Tax rate Single filer Married filing jointly Married filing separately Head of household
10% $0 – $9,700 $0 – $19,400 $0 – $9,700 $0 – $13,850
12% $9,701 – $39,475 $19,401 – $78,950 $9,701 – $39,475 $13,851 – $52,850
22% $39,476 – $84,200 $78,951 – $168,400 $39,476 – $84,200 $52,851 – $84,200
24% $84,201 – $160,725 $168,401 – $321,450 $84,201 – $160,725 $84,201 – $160,700
32% $160,726 – $204,100 $321,451 – $408,200 $160,726 – $204,100 $160,701 – $204,100
35% $204,101 – $510,300 $408,201 – $612,350 $204,101 – $306,750 $204,101 – $510,300
37% $510,301 and up $612,351 and up $306,751 and up $510,301 and up

Long term capital gains

Here are the federal capital gains tax rates per income tax bracket in the United States for the 2019 tax year. These rates apply to long term capital gains (crypto or other assets held for more than 1 year).

Tax rate Single filer Married filing jointly Married filing separately Head of household
0% $0 – $39,375 $0 – $78,750 $0 – $39,375 $0 – $52,750
15% $39,376 – $434,550 $78,751 – $488,850 $39,376 – $244,425 $52,571 – $461,700
20% $434,551 and up $488,851 and up $244,426 and up $461,701 and up

We calculate whether the crypto you are selling was held long or short term. You can also choose between different accounting methods like FIFO, LIFO, or Minimization. Our Minimization method works to defer tax lots to long term gains where possible where it produces the lowest tax liability via your tax rates. 

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