11 Jan '18, 5pm

'It's going to be a nightmare': Some bitcoin investors are in for a rocky tax season

A chart of bitcoin's price on Oct. 30. (Jim Makos/Flickr) Sean McAuliffe doesn't have much background in investing, aside from a couple of retirement accounts. But over the Thanksgiving holiday, as the price of bitcoin blew past $8,000 in a months-long rally, the 54-year-old construction manager decided to take the plunge. Like many Americans, he'd read enough about bitcoin on the Internet to feel confident buying a stake in the digital currency and several similar ventures. McAuliffe's investment paid off almost immediately: Within a month, the price of bitcoin had more than doubled to over $19,000. Encouraged, McAuliffe bought some more. Now, he figures he executes at least one trade a day and, on paper, has made about $7,000. “I've had some dramatic wins and some dramatic losses,” he said in an interview. [How the technology behind bitcoin could change your life, even i...

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