Kraken under pressure: Court orders disclosure of user data to IRS

Mon 03 Jul 2023 ▪ 3 min of reading ▪ by Luc Jose A.
Getting informed Crypto regulation

In a ruling that could have major implications for the privacy of crypto transactions, the US federal court has ordered cryptocurrency exchange Kraken to provide detailed information about its users to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This decision follows an IRS investigation into the tax compliance of Kraken users.

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An unprecedented demand for transparency

The court ordered Kraken to provide information on users who made transactions worth more than $20,000 in a calendar year. Details requested include names (real or pseudonymous), dates of birth, tax identification numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and various other documents. This unprecedented demand for transparency raises questions about the privacy of cryptocurrency users.

The Kraken case could become a precedent and sounds like a reminder: no one is immune from scrutiny!

An ongoing battle for user confidentiality

Despite the court’s decision, Kraken has managed to resist some of the IRS’s requests, notably those concerning information on users’ employment and source of wealth. This testifies to the company’s ongoing commitment to protecting the privacy of its users. Nevertheless, the case highlights the increasing pressure being exerted by regulators on cryptocurrency platforms to ensure tax compliance.

Some believe that strict regulation is a necessary step for the integration of cryptocurrencies into the traditional financial system. For the latter, all types of assets and income should be subject to tax obligations. They therefore see the court’s decision as a positive step forward.

In conclusion, the court’s decision marks an important milestone in the regulation of cryptos. As the IRS seeks to ensure tax compliance, cryptocurrency platforms like Kraken face a significant challenge in protecting their users’ privacy while complying with regulatory requirements.

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Luc Jose A. avatar
Luc Jose A.

Diplômé de Sciences Po Toulouse et titulaire d'une certification consultant blockchain délivrée par Alyra, j'ai rejoint l'aventure Cointribune en 2019. Convaincu du potentiel de la blockchain pour transformer de nombreux secteurs de l'économie, j'ai pris l'engagement de sensibiliser et d'informer le grand public sur cet écosystème en constante évolution. Mon objectif est de permettre à chacun de mieux comprendre la blockchain et de saisir les opportunités qu'elle offre. Je m'efforce chaque jour de fournir une analyse objective de l'actualité, de décrypter les tendances du marché, de relayer les dernières innovations technologiques et de mettre en perspective les enjeux économiques et sociétaux de cette révolution en marche.


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