Cryptocurrency and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act An empirical study on cryptocurrency as a method for tax evasion
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- Master Thesis 
The Foreign Account Compliance Act (FATCA) was passed into law in 2010, the objective was to reduce offshore tax evasion. We examine one avenue left open for U.S. based taxpayers, namely cryptocurrencies. We study the short-term effect of FATCA on bitcoin trading volume, making use of available trading data between different fiat currencies to bitcoin. We document a statistically significant increase in bitcoin trading volume with British pound after the endorsement of FATCA. We argue that this is indirect evidence showing U.S. based taxpayers avoiding the information exchange under FATCA.