IRS proposal to track your Uniswap transactions will dampen the crypto industry

Thanks to the IRS, your favorite decentralized exchange may need to begin asking for your address, birthdate, and other personal information beginning in 2025.

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is considering a proposal that would have sweeping consequences for the cryptocurrency industry.

The IRS is proposing an initiative under Section 6045 of the tax code to establish new tax rules for the treatment of cryptocurrency providers. Specifically, the agency is seeking to amend the law to expand the definition of “brokers” to include nearly all crypto-service providers — including, for instance, decentralized exchanges (DEXs) and wallet providers.

The IRS’s move to redefine “broker” is not just a regulatory tweak but a fundamental shift that could reshape the entire U.S.

Example of a Form 1099-MISC. Source: Glassnode

For users and investors in the cryptocurrency space, this change could translate into increased reporting and compliance obligations — rolling back the anonymity and flexibility they currently offer users.

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The move would be a decisive step toward bringing the world of digital assets in line with traditional financial systems in terms of regulatory oversight and transparency.

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