May 20, 2019

IRS says new cryptocurrency tax guidance coming "soon"

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The Internal Revenue Service is planning to "soon" issue new guidance about the taxing of cryptocurrencies and other digital tokens, the agency's chief said in a letter to U.S. Representative Tom Emmer.

Why it matters: The IRS hasn't issued guidance on the topic since 2014, leaving investors and enthusiasts increasingly frustrated, especially with new developments like Bitcoin forks that have complicated matters. Members of Congress have attempted to clarify the rules by introducing bills or asking the IRS to provide more guidance.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syriaโ€™s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the warโ€™s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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