Questions tagged [cryptocurrency]

A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography to secure transaction records, to control the creation of additional coins, and to verify the transfer of coin ownership.

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Found a heap of BTC but have no documentation. What do I do?

Many years ago, I bought around 400 BTC for a few hundred dollars (?) and stored them in a hard drive. Shortly after that, I lost this hard drive, wrote it off as an "Oh well" and didn't think ...
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How is Bitcoin useful as a currency if so few services accept it?

I've done research on bitcoin and I know what it is and how it works, kinda. I've even built a small block chain app. What I don't understand, and I haven't been able to find the answer to, is if ...
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

An online company hired my friend as an account assistant. They told him they are a business consulting firm, and that they need an account assistant in every area. His job is the following: Some ...
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A friend asks me all the time to pick up money for her (Western Union, Moneygram)

A friend of mine trades Bitcoin and often asks me to pick up money for her, i.e., someone sends money to me (on my name) and I just pick it up and give it to my friend. The amounts are usually around $...
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Why has bitcoin gained so much in the past year?

Over the past year, the value of bitcoin has gone from 1030.82 USD on 3 Jan 2017 to 10755.89 USD today. That's a price increase of 1000%. I'm only an amateur investor, but in my mind that increase is ...
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Is it legal to photograph and test ATMs?

Some online company asked me do a job like this We have a special task for you! Our analyst department collects information regarding Bitcoin ATMs across different states and cities. In most ...
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20% monthly mining vs 5% monthly trading

I recently meet a guy who invested his money in 2 systems. 1) The first one is mining. He gave 20.000 euros to this company ([redacted]) and they promised to give him back 20% a month. There are ...
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I believe this to be fraud — hired, then asked to cash check and send cash as Bitcoin

I have been "hired" by Nissan Motor as a key account specialist. My first assignment is to cash two checks that I have received. Both were written by a customer who has already received the engines. ...
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Tax implications of BTC for rent

I'm considering doing a trial run with my tenants and let them pay some or all of their rent in BTC. My motivations: BTC isn't considered a currency so it's taxed as an asset under capital gains tax. ...
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Why do NFTs have value?

I've seen dozens of articles on NFTs, and not comprehended a single one. So when someone made an NFT of the first Twitter posting, I didn't understand how that would be a means to generate any sort ...
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I bought my first shares in life and they dropped 25% in a very short time. What to do?

I bought Coinbase stocks shortly after IPO. Now my loss at 25%, however, I am in the fortunate position of not being dependent on the invested money. I would like to know in retrospect what I and ...
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Why are cryptocurrencies not considered proper investments?

I plan to invest a portion of my savings in cryptocurrencies that I understand on a technical level (e.g. Bitcoin and Ethereum). However, otherwise prudent financial advice articles on the internet ...
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How do I report a gain in bitcoin that I received as reimbursement for buying a waffle iron?

In 2016 I was visiting a friend in another country and he asked me to bring him a waffle maker (~$35). He paid me back for the waffle maker in Bitcoin. I sold that Bitcoin in 2020 for ~$740. I believe ...
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Is this a Bitcoin scam?

Someone wants to e-mail me a check, take the check to my credit union's ATM, deposit it, withdraw a smaller amount in cash, and use the cash to buy Bitcoin to send to him. Is this a scam?
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How can I fairly give the option to be paid in Bitcoin?

I'm a freelancer who bills per hour and invoices my clients at the end of the month. The total amount is represented in my local currency. I also give the option for my clients to pay in Bitcoin at a ...
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Bringing bitcoin into US, what taxes should I expect?

My friend owns roughly $1M USD worth of Bitcoin. These coins are sitting on a (backed up and encrypted) hard drive in Brasil. He bought these coins legitimately, and has the paper trail to prove it. ...
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Sugar daddy prepaid card scam

I’ve been talking to a sugar daddy for a couple weeks now and he sent me a “prepaid” card which is now activated but he wants me to withdraw a large amount and deposit into his Bitcoin wallet. Is this ...
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If I short cryptocurrencies, why don't I get the money immediately?

The academic definition of shorting is to borrow someone else's asset such as stocks, sell it now and repay it later. So I assume that when I short the stocks, money is credited to my account from a ...
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Possible Executive Assistant Job Scam to buy bitcoin

I was emailed by an HR representative about an executive assistant job for an up and coming wine company that was expanding to the U.S. I have administrative experience and am applying online, so I ...
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If my account only sells crypto, will I get taxed?

Will I get taxed if I do this? Purchase $1000 USDT on Binance Transfer to a crypto exchange outside the U.S., or transfer to a wallet address and use decentralized exchange. Buy bitcoin, earned $1000,...
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Is it safe to invest in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin? [duplicate]

How safe is it to invest in cryptocurrency? I see bitcoin going up almost every time I look at its market value. How can anyone be sure it wouldn't crash in the future?
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How can you minimize taxes on cryptocurrency trading?

I bought one Ethereum last year for around $350 and ended up selling it early this year for around $1350. From what I'm reading, capital gains will be close to 40% on the $1000 I made. Is there a ...
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How is double-spending prevented in traditional banking?

I have been getting familiar with crypto currencies and, in particular, with the double spending problem. This has brought up the question of how double-spending is prevented and controlled in ...
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At tax time, what is the proper way to report cryptocurrency earnings and fiat income when you've started with "nothing"?

Back in 2011 I started mining Bitcoin. I earned no more than .75 BTC. At that time, it was worth no more than $0.75. I began to trade my bitcoins for alt-coins. Regarding taxes and cryptocurrencies ...
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Can dual citizens open crypto exchange accounts where U.S. citizens are prohibited?

I am specifically asking about the many crypto-currency exchanges which prohibit U.S. traders and would prefer if someone with first hand experience answered. Every exchange which offers derivatives ...
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How do you best explain cryptocurrency to an 8 year old

Background I have a family friend with two kids. When the kids were 1 I bought them shares of stock that were transferred into a UTMA for them, figuring they had enough toys and wouldn't remember ...
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When and how should I pay taxes on ForEx trades?

I am an Israeli citizen. I've bought BitCoin (let us agree for the sake of discussion it is a currency) using US dollars. Let's also assume I never convert the bitcoins to any other currency (but ...
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How To Report Cryptocurrency Earnings?

I invested in a decentralized bitcoin business and earned about BTC 0.4 this year in interest from it, but there is no official business - it's purely autonomous (very hard to explain). I also "mined"...
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Is thomastradingservices legit? [duplicate]

I have invested in a company called thomastradingservices (link removed) and got profit. Now to withdraw they say I need to buy bitcoin worth 20% of the profit and send it to their wallet to receive ...
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Is there any way to reduce the taxes on my capital gains?

I made ~100k investing in Bitcoin. Afterwards, I learned that I needed to pay capital gains taxes on it in the amount of ~23k (according to Bitcoin and Crypto Taxes). What are my options in terms of ...
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How do I avoid paying tax on a cryptocurrency gain that I have already lost?

I'm not sure if this question belongs here, but I'm super confused about how cryptocurrencies get taxed. I invested $10,000 at the end of 2020. I made about 30 or so short-term trades in 2021 and sold ...
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How should I handle a request for payment from a bitcoin investment company to recover coins they sent to me that are "stuck in limbo"?

I made a bitcoin investment with a company online. The first return sent back to me was fine but the second has issues. They sent me an email like the first time stating that the money was sent but I ...
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When Can Cryptocurrency Cease to Exist? [closed]

For stocks, it can cease to exist due to the firm's bankruptcy or merger. If possible, when and why can a cryptocurrency cease to exist? For example, is it possible for Bitcoin to suddenly become ...
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Where to categorize crypto-currencies

In Germany, crypto-currencies like Bitcoin are all over the news lately, making me aware of the fact I don't know much about them. A journalistic TV program I was watching yesterday even claimed ...
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Can I place a stop loss and a limit sell at the same time?

Let's say I bought 100 shares of company XYZ at 10$ a share. I think that the market price will rise to 12$, so I would like to sell ALL MY SHARES at 12$ (that's the limit sell order). On the other ...
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When the market cap goes down, does that mean people are taking money out? [duplicate]

My question is about the market cap figure on coinmarketcap.com and dealing with crypto currencies. So yesterday the market cap was at 720 billion dollars. Today it's below 600b$. Does this mean ...
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Will a BitCoin purchase be affected by GBP->EUR pre-exchange

I live in the UK, and am trying to find a site that allows purchase of BitCoin using GBP; our local currency. Of all the sites I've tried so far, even though they provide flashing banners saying 1 ...
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Robinhood, daily buying and selling, and cryptocurrencies... What tax concepts to expect?

Robinhood has plenty of docs explaining the tax concepts with trading, and this is not particularly mysterious. But what I am wondering is what sort of documents to expect them to provide come tax ...
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Assuming 1031 Doesn't Apply To Cryptocurrency Trading

See this relevant link for a brief synopsis of what 1031 is in relation to cryptocurrencies. For the sake of this question, let's assume that 1031 does not apply at all, meaning that every trade from ...
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Why do Ethereum and Bitcoin have very similar charts?

I have noticed today that Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) charts look almost the same. Why are they so correlated?
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Can secret Bitcoin transfers cause the reported values to be completely off?

Is it possible to buy and sell bitcoin without any of the exchanges knowing about it? Since the price of bitcoin is determined by people buying and selling, could these secret exchanges cause the ...
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What is the likelihood I get in trouble for forgetting to file cryptocurrency taxes? What should I do?

PayPal had a promotion without fees a long time ago, they also did it December 2020 and I just sold crypto again through paypal. This time they mentioned some sort of tax form, which somehow I was ...
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Bike to Nigeria

I have listed my bike on sale on Polish site (so expected audience are Poles only). One guy contacted me that he wants to buy bike and I should send it to Nigeria. At this point, I have instantly ...
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When a stock is replaced in an index, does the ETF incur a net loss?

Suppose I have invested in ETF VOO. This Vanguard ETF tracks the S&P 500. If a stock such as Goodyear (GT) that is contained in the S&P500 gets removed and replaced with another stock such ...
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Can a contractor convert a cryptocurrency payment into money? [closed]

Suppose that an overseas customer tells a contractor that she or he cannot pay for the job via common overseas payment options — such as an online payment, money order, payment card, bank transfer — ...
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The proper term for a third party economy [closed]

A friend of mine asked me whether something odd was going on, including the following picture: Basically, the companies listed (Bitcoin, Uber, Facebook, Alibaba and Airbnb) sell a service in a market ...
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What is the technological problem that cryptocurrency solves? How does overcoming that technological problem help in the real world?

I have read a lot about cryptocurrency and am yet to find a good explanation of why the technology does or even might someday provide an improvement over the current monetary system. So, what is the ...
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Taxation from variations in currency

Assuming: I am a UK tax payer I live in the UK Assume I sell a good online, for $100. One payment method I accept is Bitcoins. Bitcoins at the moment are extremely volatile, it wouldn't surprise ...
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Is Bitcoin investing wise? [closed]

Is Bitcoin or any other crytocurrency a wise investment? I have invested a little Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. They go up then down and back up. Is another crypto currency better or is this too risky for ...
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What's the proper way to calculate ROI per year given the ROI for a period of time?

I'm trying to figure out what would be my yearly ROI if I know my ROI for a given period of time. On May 1st, I started invested 8.82 BTC in loans on BitLendingClub and now (August 6th) I have 9.33 ...

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