The Internal Revenue Service, a U.S. government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement, has requested popular bitcoin trading platform and wallet service provider Coinbase to provide personal and sensitive financial data of millions of customers over the past three years for tax filing purposes.
Various court filings have been submitted and a formal investigation was initiated by the IRS to estimate the amount of tax evaded by users on the platform. Court filings state that the IRS is formally seeking pertinent financial and personal information of all US-based Coinbase users between 2013 and 2015.
“The John Does whose identities are sought by the summons are United States persons who, at any time during the period January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2015, conducted transactions in a convertible virtual currency,” reads a memorandum written by Department of Justice attorneys and filed on Thursday, November 17.
The “John Doe” summons abovementioned in the memorandum refers to an important technique widely utilized by the IRS to obtain information on taxpayers. The IRS is not required to know the identities of the taxpayers. If a court or a judge allows the IRS to issue a John Doe summons, the organization can legally reveal