Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have created a new generation of millionaires, with the benefit of anonymity. Whether the cryptocurrency is being used for criminal activity or held as a legitimate investment, the IRS is spending substantial resources in finding those who possess, purchase, and sell cryptocurrencies to ensure that the tax, banking, and money laundering laws are being followed.

Are you or your firm prepared to advise your client when reporting cryptocurrency transactions? Can you identify when cryptocurrency is being used for potential criminal purposes? Can you prepare an accurate tax return related to cryptocurrency transactions? Do you know what questions to ask your client or what documents to request?

This course gives you a brief overview of cryptocurrencies, how this new technology is being regulated, the common ways that cryptocurrencies are used to evade tax and money laundering laws, and what is expected from taxpayers and their return preparers when cryptocurrencies are involved.

Program Content: The major topics covered in this class include:

  • Overview of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies
  • Definition of proof of work and proof of stake
  • Tax laws regarding cryptocurrency transactions
  • Definition of common money laundering laws involving cryptocurrencies
  • Tools used by the IRS to identify cryptocurrency transactions and cryptocurrency in
    criminal investigations
  • Real life examples of cryptocurrency used in criminal activities
Learning Objectives
  • Discover and give an overview of how Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies operate.
  • Recognize the difference between proof of work vs proof of stake in verifying the blockchain.
  • Explore and prepare a proper tax return with cryptocurrency transactions.
  • Identify common money laundering violations involving cryptocurrencies.
  • Identify the tools used by the IRS to identify cryptocurrency transactions for civil and criminal violations.
  • Recognize and recall the learning objectives in real life examples of cryptocurrency transactions.
Last updated/reviewed: May 10, 2024
Course Complexity: Foundational
No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Instructor for this course
Course Syllabus
  Introduction to IRS Enforcement of Cryptocurrency5:30
  What is Virtual Currency10:26
  Bitcoin Wallets8:56
  Cryptocurrency Mining Operations10:30
  Questions and Answers18:00
  Laundering Schemes11:26
  Tools used by IRS10:00
  Real life Case Examples17:26
  Major Concepts to Remember7:36
  IRS Enforcement of Cryptocurrency1:44:58
  Slides: Tales from the Darkside: IRS Enforcement of CryptocurrencyPDF
  Tales from the Darkside: IRS Enforcement of Cryptocurrency Glossary/IndexPDF