Bloomberg Tax
July 7, 2020, 4:30 PMUpdated: July 7, 2020, 8:37 PM

IRS Challenged to Find Tech for Tracing Private Crypto Deals (1)

Allyson Versprille
Allyson Versprille

The IRS wants to know more about cryptocurrency assets and technologies that make it easier for users to remain anonymous when involved in illicit activities.

But the agency may be hard-pressed to find private companies with the technology to track all of those transactions.

The IRS Criminal Investigation division last week requested information about tools that will allow it to trace transactions involving “privacy coins"—like Monero, Zcash, and Dash—and technologies that help users hide their identities when transacting with more mainstream cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, that aren’t anonymous in nature. The agency said acquiring this capability will make investigations more ...

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