Build Your Firm logo

Episode 48: All About Cryptocurrency Taxation

Episode 48: All About Cryptocurrency Taxation

Did you know the adoption of blockchain in small businesses is about five to 10 years away? In this episode of Accounting Marketing Doesn’t Suck, host Hugh Duffy catches up with Shehan Chandrasekera, CPA and head of tax strategy at Cointracker.io. to talk all things bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Tune in to hear what small accounting firm practitioners need to know about virtual currencies, why JP Morgan is considered a leader in this space and what go-to resources you should be reading if you want to be ahead of the curve. Join us!

Guest Bio

Shehan Chandrasekera, CPA
Head of Tax Strategy

Shehan is one of the handful of CPAs in the country who is recognized as a real-world operator and a conceptual subject matter expert on cryptocurrency taxation. Prior to CoinTracker, Shehan co-founded JAG Argueta CPAs and worked for several regional and national public accounting firms for several years. His ability to dissect the tax code and innovative thinking have immensely contributed to his rapid professional growth.

Shehan is a published author, CPE instructor and a frequent technical contributor to various social media platforms. His article on Virtual Currency and Tax Ramifications was featured in The Tax Adviser magazine sponsored by the AICPA. He was one of the first CPAs to have a published academic article on cryptocurrency taxation. He was recently awarded with the Outstanding Young CPA of the year award by Houston CPA Society for his contribution to the profession.

Further, Shehan loves public speaking and has done dozens of speaking engagements with many organizations including AICPA, American Bar Association, and State CPA Societies. He recently joined the CoinTracker team as the Head of Tax Strategy to improve the CPA user experience and accelerate industry outreach.

Memorable Quotes

“I’m a strong believer that these new technologies have to be embedded in the education system.”

“The accounting industry in general, we are a little behind when it comes to technology… When we mention blockchain to them, it’s really far ahead of their thinking.”

“There are a significant number of accounting firms that accept bitcoin as a method of payment.”