U.S. Regulation of Digital Assets – Who?

Confused as to what is a digital asset and which U.S. government agency has jurisdiction? The Tokenizer has a good overview at Regulation-of-Digital-Assets-in-the-United-States-of-America.

Digital assets are either a security regulated by the SEC, or a commodity regulated by the CFTC, or a currency regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. But on the other hand, maybe not.

Tokens may be utility tokens for consumption and not a security token for investment. Or a mix of the two – think timeshare tokens that are for your use (consumption) but may be sold for a profit (investment).

Digital asset markets may be an exchange subject to SEC regulation or a money-transfer-service subject to State regulation.

But in any case, FinCEN regulates KYC (Know-Your-Client) and AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and the IRS considers all digital assets “property” not “currency” and therefore subject to tax including capital gains – unless it isn’t.

Hope that helped. If not, reach out and we can discuss.

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