Charitable Donation of Cryptocurrency Must Be Valued by Qualified Appraisal, Not by Cryptocurrency Exchange (IRC §170)

Jan. 13, 2023, 5:30 PM

If Taxpayer donates cryptocurrency for which a charitable contribution deduction of more than $5,000 is claimed, a qualified appraisal is required under I.R.C. §170(f)(11)(C) to qualify for a deduction under §170(a); if Taxpayer determines the value of the donated cryptocurrency based on the value reported by a cryptocurrency exchange on which the cryptocurrency is traded rather than by obtaining a qualified appraisal, the reasonable cause exception provided in §170(f)(11)(A)(ii)(II) will not excuse noncompliance with the qualified appraisal requirement, and Taxpayer A will not be allowed the charitable contribution deduction under §170(a), the …