Thursday, 21 March 2019

How to Calculate and File your Cryptocurrency Taxes using TurboTax

For those who have traded cryptocurrency in the past year, you would have to report them in your tax filing. Here’s how you can consolidate trades, calculate your gains and file it using TurboTax


It’s tax time and everyone will be busy consolidating their tax documents and filing taxes for the year 2018. Apart from consulting CPAs for complicated situations, almost everyone in the USA uses TurboTax. It has simplified accounting and tax returns so much that it’s almost a household for many Americans.

TL;DR: Export your itemized capital gains or losses information in TXF format and import it on your TurboTax software. This works with TurboTax software and not the online version.

On the other hand, trading of cryptocurrencies is a taxable transaction and one should report the gains or losses in their tax filing. Consolidating trades from various exchanges manually and reporting them as capital gains or losses on your TurboTax would be a tedious task.

Calculating Capital Gains or Losses
To alleviate this, most of this part has been automated by cryptocurrency tax software like BearTax. You can connect to most of the popular exchanges via their API or File Upload. If the exchange is not supported, their staff can get your transactions processed if you can email them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once the transactions from various exchanges are imported to BearTax, calculation of tax liability aka capital gains or losses will be triggered. This could take a couple of minutes and then provides you with a gain-loss summary as shown below.

Everything until this step is FREE of cost and you won’t have to pay a penny to view your gain-loss summary information. However, if you would like to get your tax documents — you can pay for the recommended plan starting $0.99 (depending on the number of transactions) and get your tax documents.

“Download TurboTax” button third row will take your gain-loss information i.e. Form 8949 data to a TXF (*.txf) file which will allow you to import into TurboTax® and many popular tax software programs that accept the TXF file format.
Exporting Capital Gains/Losses Data to TurboTax
To create a TurboTax® TXF export file follow these steps:

1. After your gain-loss summary is generated in BearTax, click on “5. Download Tax Forms” tab under Calculate Gain/Loss


2. This will have a bunch of buttons to export or download your capital gains document in various formats. Use the button “Download TurboTax” to download a file with extension TXF


3. This file can be imported into TurboTax software or other applications that accepts TXF format.

Warning: TurboTax® online versions do NOT allow you to import TXF data. Desktop versions limit importing records for Form 8949 to 2,000–2,500 records. If you exceed this limit or are using the online version, you will have to enter them manually along with stocks and bonds investments (We will cover in detail on this in future).

By Vamshi Vangapally
source: hackernoon.com 
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