The Internal Revenue Service is seeking to delay an upcoming hearing in its ongoing court dispute with digital currency exchange Coinbase, new court filings show.
Now, the US tax agency wants to push that hearing off until 23rd March because it is weighing whether to take additional action in the case, arguing that the hearing may ultimately prove to be unnecessary.
Attorneys for the US government wrote:
While the filing did not elaborate on why the hearing could potentially become unnecessary, IRS attorneys noted that representatives for both Coinbase and customer Jeffrey Berns “do not object and stipulate to this request for additional time”.
The ongoing case dates back to November, when the IRS first sought court permission to serve Coinbase with a John Doe summons in an effort to identify potential tax cheats, seeking years' worth of user records from the exchange. The IRS has considered digital currencies like bitcoin to be a taxable form of property since mid-2014.
Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ultimately approved that initial request, a move that was soon followed by Berns’ initial petition to intervene.
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The full court filing can be found below:
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