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We offer the ability for you to choose from a few different cost-basis methods. Cost basis methods are how you would like to report the order of your purchases and redemptions in order to calculate your overall gain or loss. Note: If you are a business user, you may only choose the FIFO method.

  • Method #1: The FIFO Method. In this method, the first bitcoins purchased are assumed to be the bitcoins sold. This is the default accounting method; the IRS assumes that you used it unless you have records to support another method.
  • Method #2: The LIFO Method. In this method, the last bitcoins purchased are assumed to be the bitcoins sold.
  • Method #3: The Libra-Optimized Method. In this method, we analyze all of your bitcoins purchases and any bitcoins you sold. We then assign each sale to a purchase-instance that would generate the biggest lost, or if none, the smallest gain for you.