Navigating the Tax Labyrinth: Understanding Cryptocurrency Taxes in Missouri and Federal Law

The rise of digital currencies brings about new considerations for taxation. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how cryptocurrency is taxed under both Missouri and federal law.

Cryptocurrency Taxation at the Federal Level

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) treats cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as property for tax purposes. This means that transactions using cryptocurrencies can trigger capital gains and losses that need to be reported on your tax return.

There are several scenarios to consider:

1. Trading Cryptocurrency for Fiat Currency: If you sell cryptocurrency for traditional, or fiat, currency (like USD), you may be required to pay capital gains tax on the difference between the cost at which you bought the cryptocurrency and the amount for which you sold it.

2. Using Cryptocurrency for Goods or Services: If you use cryptocurrency to purchase goods or services, the IRS treats this as two transactions: selling property (the cryptocurrency) and buying a good or service. You may have a capital gain or loss on the "sale" of the cryptocurrency.

3. Receiving Cryptocurrency as Income: If you are paid in cryptocurrency, whether through mining, airdrops, or as payment for services, it's considered taxable income. The amount of income is based on the fair market value of the cryptocurrency when you received it.

4. Giving Cryptocurrency as a Gift: If you give cryptocurrency as a gift, it is not a taxable event for the giver unless the gift exceeds the annual gift tax exemption. For the recipient, it is not income unless they sell or use the cryptocurrency.

Missouri State Law and Cryptocurrency Tax

Missouri adheres to federal tax regulations for cryptocurrency. This means that Missourians will follow the same tax guidelines as outlined by the IRS when reporting their cryptocurrency transactions. There are currently no additional cryptocurrency-specific state taxes in Missouri.

Record-Keeping for Cryptocurrency Transactions

Given the complexity of cryptocurrency taxation, it's crucial to keep detailed records of your transactions, including dates, values in USD at the time of the transactions, and information about the other party. This will be extremely helpful when calculating any capital gains or losses.


Understanding the tax implications of cryptocurrency transactions can be complex due to their unique nature. As with all tax matters, it's highly recommended to consult with an experienced tax attorney or professional. The above information provides a general understanding of how cryptocurrency is taxed, but each individual or business may have unique situations that could impact their tax obligations.