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Cover Protocol Tax Made Easy
Reporting tax with a platform such as Cover Protocol can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. CryptoTaxCalculator imports and categorises all the transactions from the wallet you used on Cover Protocol, allowing you to generate tax reports quickly and easily. Crypto investors commonly use multiple wallets, exchanges and chains, which can lead to a convoluted transaction trail that can be hard to track at tax time. CryptoTaxCalculator integrates with all of your favourite exchanges, wallets and blockchains, allowing you to consolidate you data and track profits, losses, and income. This guide covers how to get started with your Cover Protocol taxes so you can sort out your tax nightmare today.
Let’s dive right into it! Here’s a quick and easy breakdown of how to import your Cover Protocol transaction history into CryptoTaxCalculator:
Why are DeFi taxes so difficult?
Decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms, such as Cover Protocol, offer people access innovative financial products in a decentralised and autonomous way. However, one crucial aspect that DeFi platforms can’t currently provide is the ability to generate a user’s tax forms.
The main reason for this is that DeFi platforms do not get the ‘full story’ of your transaction history. For example, Cover Protocol only has the ability to calculate taxes on the transactions that happen on the platform. This leaves a gaping hole of information, such as where the crypto currency came from and how much it was purchased for, which is required to determine a cost basis. Without this, the tax calculations could be incorrect. DeFi platforms also typically lack the centralized structure and compliance mechanisms required to generate tax forms for users. Unlike centralized exchanges that collect and store user data in a centralized manner, DeFi platforms operate on a decentralized network that doesn’t require users to provide personal information, such as their tax identification number. As a result, DeFi platforms lack the required user data to generate accurate tax forms for the individual.
Another issue is that the tax laws for cryptocurrencies and DeFi transactions are still largely undefined and constantly evolving. DeFi platforms often facilitate complex transactions involving multiple assets and protocols, which can make it difficult to determine the tax implications of each transaction.
Therefore, it is up to the individual user to keep track of their DeFi transactions and report them accurately on their tax forms. While this may seem daunting, but CryptoTaxCalculator can help you manage and stay on top of your DeFi taxes by automatically importing and categorizing transactions made with platforms like Cover Protocol.
Can tax authorities find my DeFi transactions?
The decentralized and anonymous nature of DeFi leads some crypto investors to believe that they can fly under the radar and avoid tax reporting requirements. However, tax authorities are increasingly trying to catch those not playing by the rules and avoiding tax. Tax authorities around the world are adopting new techniques to identify and track crypto transactions, including those on DeFi platforms.
It is important to remember that decentralized blockchain data is publically available information. Tax authorities can identify DeFi transactions associated with an entity by analyzing public blockchain data and tracking the transaction trail left by a wallet or group of wallets. While users’ identities are not immediately accessible on the blockchain, the public nature of blockchain data can still provide valuable information about the volume and nature of transactions.
In addition, tax authorities can assign identities to certain wallets through Know Your Customer (KYC) data collected on centralized exchanges. When users transfer funds from centralized exchanges to a wallet used to interact with DeFi platforms, they leave a trail that can be traced back to their identity through KYC data.
Furthermore, tax authorities can use other tracking data, such as IP addresses and browser cookies, to track user activity on DeFi platforms.
While tax authorities may be behind on the technical side of crypto, the immutable and public nature of blockchain data means that transactions made now can still be scrutinized by authorities in the future. This could lead to mass audits of blockchain data once the authorities catch up. Don’t get caught out in the future, stay on top of your tax obligations and sleep easy at night by utilizing software such as CryptoTaxCalculator to sort out your DeFi taxes.