UPDATE (13th January 21:30 BST): This article has been updated with comment from Coinbase.
Court documents filed in the District Court for the Northern District of California this week show that lawyers for the California-based startup have filed to officially intervene in the case.
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched its case in late November, seeking court approval for a subpoena that would allow it to obtain information on US users (and, in its eyes, potential tax cheats) who used the service between 2013 and 2015. A month later, Coinbase customer Jeffrey Berns moved to block the IRS, an effort the tax agency asked the court to invalidate.
Coinbase lawyers wrote in the documents that, amidst the filings and counter-filings, the startup deserves to be heard in light of "an extraordinarily broad 'John Doe' summons". The startup is seeking both the chance to have say in the effort led by Berns as well as the IRS summons itself.
The company said:
In addition to seeking official entry into the case, Coinbase asked that a hearing on the motion filed by Berns be delayed until 30th March at the earliest. The reason: according to the startup, the outcome of the case could have ramifications for the company and its customer base, as well as the wider digital currency space.
"Accordingly, Coinbase would like the opportunity to be heard, at an appropriate time, on the substantive issues that Mr. Berns has raised to the IRS summons at issue," the company said.
When reached for comment, a representative for Coinbase told CoinDesk:
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The full filing can be found below:
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