Coinbase Audit (IRS Bitcoin Audit, Examination & Investigation) - Golding & Golding

Coinbase Audit (IRS Bitcoin Audit, Examination & Investigation) – Golding & Golding

Coinbase Audit (IRS Bitcoin Audit, Examination & Investigation)

Within the last year, the Federal Court approved the issuance of a narrower IRS Subpoena and authorized a summons for the IRS to obtain copies of U.S. Account Holder information at Coinbase.

While at first, Coinbase puffed out their chest, and made it appear they would not turnover any information to the IRS – it turns out they were bluffing.

Now, ~14,000 account holders are at increased risk for an IRS Audit, examination or criminal investigation.

Coinbase Audit 

The IRS wants to know who has earnings and/or sales income from cryptocurrency. 

In addition, the IRS wants to know who has their cryptocurrency held on a foreign exchange or account — which may require them to disclose the information on various international reporting forms (or risk being subject to IRS Fines, Penalties, and possibly worse).

Coinbase Provided the Following Update

On February 23rd, 2018, Coinbase notified a group of approximately 13,000 customers concerning a summons from the IRS regarding their Coinbase accounts.

Please refer to this document for the court’s judgment. The court ordered Coinbase to provide taxpayer ID, name, birth date, address, and historical transaction records for certain higher-transacting customers during the 2013-2015 period.


While Coinbase is unable to provide legal or tax advice, please refer to our Taxes FAQ for more information on taxes and digital currency.

What Does Coinbase’s Notice Mean?

It means that Coinbase will provide the IRS significant and substantial amounts of information regarding account holder information – sufficient to meet its burden under the subpoena – in order for the IRS to conduct detailed review, analysis and assessment of Taxpayer non-compliance.

What Can You Do?

If the IRS has not contacted you yet, you may have the ability to voluntarily disclose the bitcoin and significantly reduce your chance of IRS Audit, Examination or Investigation.

What Type of Attorney Should I Hire?

IRS Voluntary Disclosure is a specialized area of law. An IRS Voluntary Disclosure is a complex undertaking. It requires the coordination of several moving parts, including strategy development, Tax Preparation, Legal Analysis, Negotiation and more.

You should hire a Tax Attorney who has the following credentials:

  • ~20 Years of Private Practice experience representing his/her own clients
  • Experienced in Criminal and Civil Tax Litigation
  • Experienced representing clients in Eggshell and Reverse Eggshell Audits.
  • Advanced Tax Degree (LL.M.)
  • Preferably a Board-Certified Tax Law Specialist

We Specialize in Safely Disclosing Foreign Money

We have successfully handled a diverse range of IRS Voluntary Disclosure and International Tax Investigation/Examination cases involving FBAR, FATCA, and high-stakes matters for clients around the globe.

Golding & Golding, A PLC

We have successfully represented clients in more than 1,000 streamlined and voluntary disclosure submissions nationwide and in over 70-different countries.

We are the “go-to” firm for other Attorneys, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Accountants, and Financial Professionals across the globe.