A bitcoin-friendly U.S. lawmaker is hoping to get members of Congress to disclose their holdings of cryptocurrency assets.
In a written petition sent to the House Committee on Ethics dated Feb. 5, Colorado House Representative Jared Polis argued that, because cryptocurrency assets are regarded as commodities by several agencies, Congress members should follow the same financial disclosure requirement as for traditional assets.
Currently, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities Exchange Commission both regard cryptocurrencies as commodities in the U.S. Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service requires that gains from cryptocurrency are also subject to federal income tax rules.
Polis argues in the letter:
The letter marks Polis' latest effort in pushing through the normalization of cryptocurrency as part of his long-term advocacy for the technology.
More recently, in September 2017, he introduced a bill seeking capital gains tax exemption for holdings of cryptocurrencies worth less than $600.
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