One lawyer is fighting back against what he sees as a government overreach that affects bitcoin users. Here's his story.
A Berns Weiss LLP attorney and customer of the virtual currency exchanger Coinbase Inc. has told a California federal court that the IRS tried to “artificially moot” his efforts to quash a John Doe summons to obtain customer information from Coinbase by saying it no longer wants information on him.
With the IRS attempting to force Coinbase to disclose the identities of its users, several users have identified themselves and attempted to intervene in the litigation. Who will prevail?
The ongoing dispute over an attempt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue a 'John Doe' summons on Coinbase, a company which facilitates transactions of digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, continues to play out in court.
On Tuesday, attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service filed the agency’s response to Los Angeles attorney and Coinbase user Jeffrey K. Berns’s motion to prevent the IRS from serving a “John Doe” summons to Coinbase. That summons would require Coinbase to provide the IRS with the identities and account information of all United States customers who exchanged digital currencies on the company’s exchange from 2013 to 2015. Read More
A John Doe summon is an order that does not specifically identify the person but rather identifies a person or ascertainable group or class by their activities.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has responded to a motion filed earlier this month by a Coinbase customer seeking to block the IRS from issuing a John Doe summons on Coinbase.
The IRS’s push to obtain vast amounts of data on digital currency transactions is finally receiving some push-back. In fact, a Coinbase, Inc. customer has filed a motion in federal court seeking to intervene in the federal case. The motion hopes to block the IRS from enforcing its recent John Doe summons for information on Coinbase users. Still, the motion may face a steep uphill battle.
Not so fast. That was the response this week from a Coinbase customer who filed a motion in federal court seeking to block the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from issuing a John Doe summons on Coinbase.