Is Transferring Crypto Between Wallets or Exchanges Taxable?

Transferring crypto between your own wallets and exchanges is not taxable

No. Transferring crypto between wallets and/or exchanges is not a taxable event. We like to use the metaphor that it’s like transferring a bunch of gold coins from your nightstand to the bank — the assets remain in your possession as usual, unchanged, just put in a different location. 

Remember that if you send crypto to someone else, as a gift, payment, or sale, then certain tax considerations apply.

The IRS clarified in their recent FAQ that transfers are not taxable, even if you receive an information return from an exchange (such as a 1099-K) reporting the transfers.

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