Bloomberg Tax
Nov. 1, 2022, 5:27 PM

Crypto Seizures Double for IRS Criminal Investigation Unit

Erin Slowey
Erin Slowey

The IRS Criminal Investigation unit seized about $7 billion in cryptocurrency in 2022, double the previous year’s total, an agency official said Tuesday.

Over the past three years, there has been a shift in cryptocurrency inventory, said Jim Lee, IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation, at a conference hosted by the American Institute of CPAs.

Tax-related crypto cases are becoming increasingly common, with half of the cases being money laundering-related and half tax-related, Lee said.

“It’s becoming more mainstream and we are really paying attention to it,” Lee said.

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