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How does sending Bitcoin affect the tax lots information used for performance tracking?

When you send Bitcoin from River, the amount you send is deducted from your account using the FIFO method starting with all Unknown Tax Lots then Known Tax Lots. First In, First Out, commonly known as FIFO, is an asset-management and valuation method in which assets received or bought first are sent and sold first.

Bitcoin Sends with the FIFO method will follow this order:

  1. Oldest Unknown Tax Lots
  2. Most Recent Unknown Tax Lots
  3. Oldest Known Tax Lots
  4. Most Recent Known Tax Lots

This method will deduct from the oldest Tax Lot in your River account. If the Bitcoin Send is smaller than the Tax Lot selected then that amount will be removed and the rest will remain. The Cost Basis Per Unit will remain the same for however much Bitcoin remains in the Tax Lot. If the Bitcoin Send is bigger than the first Tax Lot selected then the remainder will be deducted from the next oldest Tax Lot based on the FIFO method.