Cryptocurrency Industry in Chaos as White House Endorses New Amendment to Controversial Crypto Tax Provision
A competing amendment to the controversial cryptocurrency tax provision proposed by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) has wreaked havoc on the cryptocurrency industry. The rewrite was widely criticized within the cryptocurrency community for only giving a pass to proof-of-work mining and sellers of cryptocurrency software and hardware.As reported by U.Today, the hotly debated provision in the infrastructure bill, which was initially proposed by Portman, could potentially ensnare all sorts of non-custodial cryptocurrency entities by expanding the definition of the term “broker” and enforcing draconian tax reporting rules.Senators Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) jointly proposed a legislative exclusion that would safeguard both miners and software developers.However, the White House came out in support of the Warner-Portman plan, claiming that it “strikes the right balance” and makes an important step toward enhancing tax compliance.
The White House on crypto amendments, statement from @AndrewJBates46: pic.twitter.com/C8sG5aM3oW— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) August 6, 2021
The U.S. Senate will reconvene on Saturday in order to continue working on the infrastructure bill after failing to come to an agreement on Thursday night.
A rift within the community
Many members of the cryptocurrency community criticized the Joe Biden administration for picking sides in the debate.Stuart Alderoty, Ripple’s general counsel, claims that an amendment to the crypto provision should be blockchain agnostic, adding that the government should not be picking winners and losers.
Sen @RonWyden, @SenLummis and @SenToomey introduced a much-needed amendment to the infrastructure bill that is protocol agnostic. The other is not. As we have been saying for years, the govt should not be picking winners and losers in crypto (or any technology for that matter). https://t.co/Y7U5FHYOXD— Stuart Alderoty (@s_alderoty) August 6, 2021
However, Wyden was slammed by the Bitcoin community for describing proof-of-work as “the most climate-damaging” form of cryptocurrency technology.
The Warner-Portman-Sinema amendment provides a government-sanctioned safe harbor for the most climate-damaging form of crypto tech, called proof-of-work. It would be a mistake for the climate and for innovation to advance this amendment. https://t.co/Ppn5BpoYSX— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) August 6, 2021