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What are my tax obligations when earning LBC?

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Important note: LBRY Inc is providing these guidelines as a service to creators in computing their taxes. These are just general guidelines for users in the USA as understood by LBRY. Creators are encouraged to seek tax guidance from a licensed CPA.

Income and gains taxes

Two different US taxes can apply on earned cryptocurrency: income tax and capital gains tax.

  1. Income tax - the total value of LBC earned in a year must be declared as income on the annual US tax return.

Example: You receive 10,000 LBC when the price is $0.10. You must declare $1,000 USD in income.

  1. Capital gains tax - the difference between the price LBC was received at vs the price it was sold at.

Example: You receive 10,000 LBC when the price is $0.10. You sell it immediately for USD. You owe no capital gains in this scenario.

Example: You receive 10,000 LBC when the price is $0.10. You hold it for 3 months and then sell it when it is $0.15. You must declare a $5,000 USD capital gain, which is then taxed at your short term capital gain rate.

Official guidance

The IRS has established detailed guidance for these transactions which can be found here.

Sample tracking spreadsheet

We are providing a sample Google Sheet that can be copied and used for your records may help you keep track of this.

Reporting and app data

We'll be working on adding more of this information into the Creator dashboard for easier consumption as well as adding better export options for historical earnings.

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