After years of discussions and debates, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department have finally come to an agreement on new crypto tax rules. These rules are aimed at providing more clarity and guidance to investors in the crypto space.

One of the key aspects of these new rules is that trading platforms will be required to report the gains and losses of their customers over the next three years. This move is expected to make it easier for taxpayers to accurately report their crypto profits and file their returns correctly.

While these new rules have been welcomed by many in the industry, there are still some concerns. One major issue is the omission of decentralized brokers from the guidelines. The IRS and the Treasury have acknowledged that they need more time to consider how to handle transactions involving decentralized brokers.

Despite these concerns, many believe that the new rules are a positive step for the industry. Erin Fennimore, VP of tax at TaxBit, called the rules a “game-changer” that brings much-needed clarity and legitimacy to the digital asset market in the U.S. She believes that these rules will make digital assets a more accessible investment option for individuals and enterprises.

However, organizations like Coin Center have criticized the lengthy process it took to finalize these rules. They argue that the definition of a “broker” in the crypto space should have been clarified sooner to avoid potential tax revenue loss. The group warned that vague definitions could have resulted in privacy violations and hindered innovation in the blockchain industry.

Moving forward, the IRS and the Treasury will need to address the issue of non-custodial entities in the crypto space. This unresolved issue could lead to further complications and challenges in the future. Despite these concerns, the new rules represent a step towards greater transparency and compliance in the crypto market.