Hey everyone, I’m Bette Hochberger, CPA, CGMA. In recent years, the world of cryptocurrencies has expanded beyond its initial purpose of decentralized finance. As digital assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum gain mainstream acceptance, charitable contributions in the form of crypto are becoming increasingly common. 

In today’s blog post, I’ll discuss the intersection of crypto and philanthropy, specifically focusing on how charitable contributions of crypto can impact your taxes.

Benefits of Donating Crypto to Charity

Tax Advantages

One of the primary benefits of donating cryptocurrency to charity lies in the potential tax advantages. In many jurisdictions, including the United States, donations of appreciated assets such as cryptocurrency can offer a more favorable tax treatment than traditional cash donations. When you donate crypto that has appreciated in value, you may be eligible for a charitable tax deduction based on the current market value of the asset.

Avoiding Capital Gains Tax

By donating crypto directly to a charitable organization, you can potentially avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation of the asset. If you were to sell the crypto and then donate the cash proceeds, you might incur capital gains taxes. However, donating the cryptocurrency itself can be a tax-efficient strategy.

Supporting Causes While Minimizing Tax Liability

For crypto enthusiasts with significant holdings, donating digital assets to charitable causes allows them to support meaningful initiatives while minimizing their overall tax liability. This approach aligns philanthropy with financial planning, creating a win-win situation for both the donor and the charitable organization!

Considerations and Best Practices

Research the Charity

Before making a donation, it’s important to research the charitable organization to ensure its legitimacy and tax-exempt status. Not all charities are equipped to handle cryptocurrency donations, so confirming their ability to accept digital assets is essential.

Documenting and Valuing the Donation

Proper documentation is key when it comes to claiming a tax deduction. Keep a record of the transaction details, including the date, amount, and recipient’s information. Additionally, determine the fair market value of the donated cryptocurrency at the time of the contribution, as this will be used for tax purposes.

Consult with a Crypto Tax Professional

Tax laws and regulations regarding cryptocurrency are still evolving. It’s advisable to consult with a tax professional who has experience with crypto transactions (like myself!). They can provide personalized advice based on your financial situation and the specific tax laws applicable to your jurisdiction.

As the landscape of charitable giving continues to evolve, the intersection of cryptocurrency and philanthropy opens up new possibilities for individuals looking to make a positive impact. 

Donating cryptocurrency to charity not only supports worthwhile causes but also presents unique tax advantages. By navigating this intersection with care, crypto lovers can optimize their contributions, making a difference while also managing their tax liabilities wisely.

As always, stay safe, and I will see you next time.