Kotaku points out a Washington Post report about this year's recommendations from the national taxpayer advocate
(an official who suggests improvements and updates to the tax code) which include developing clearer protocols for reporting taxable income from virtual worlds
. We've previously discussed the implementation of such policies
in China. Quoting the report summary
(PDF): "By one estimate, about $1 billion in real dollars changed hands in computer-based environments called 'virtual worlds' in 2005. ... IRS employees have been unable to respond to taxpayer inquiries about how to report transactions associated with them. Economic activities in virtual worlds may present an emerging area of tax noncompliance, in part because the IRS has not provided guidance about whether and how taxpayers should report such activities. To improve voluntary tax compliance, the National Taxpayer Advocate recommends that the IRS issue guidance addressing how taxpayers should report economic activities in virtual worlds."