GameDaily has a piece on the thorny issue of taxing virtual currency. From the article: "The current tax law has a clause, #525 to be exact, entitled 'Taxable and Nontaxable Income.' This verbose, meandering clause describes all manner of abstract (legal, illegal and otherwise) means by which you can earn income. Some of these obscurities can only be taxed by the speculative and vague term, 'fair market value.' ... This clause also includes a statement about goods acquired through barter or won (prizes or cash) in a game. Technically speaking this means those 'earnings' are taxable the very moment someone comes into possession of them, regardless as to whether or not they are sold for money. While no one knows the exact worth of all the virtual assets floating around the MMO gaming-verse, estimates for the sale of these goods range as high as $880 million a year. Step back and think about that for a minute... EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHTY MILLION! That's a crapload of real world money! Money made during what can be considered the infancy of the genre. Can you imagine how exponentially greater this amount will be in a few short years? "
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