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20 Sep

Ukrainian Parliament Bill to Introduce Crypto Profit Taxing

By Daniel Zo Ukraine, Cryptocurrency, Tax Read Comments

Despite the fluctuating crypto price drops present during the last few months, governments are still interested in regulating and profiting off the digital currency revolution.

With this in mind, recent reports indicate that the Ukrainian Parliament is interested in imposing a tax on digital currency-related profits of its citizens. To put things better into perspective, the country’s legislative body has proposed a bill that would impose a 5% tax on all crypto profits attained by both commercial entities and individuals.


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07 Sep

AT&T Being Sued for $224 Million After Attackers Steal Crypto from Investor’s Phone

By Daniel Zo AT&T, Scam, Cryptocurrency Read Comments

According to recent reports, AT&T might be responsible for the loss of $24 million in cryptocurrency, after the cell phone of a digital currency investor was hacked. With this in mind, Michael Turpin is suing the telecom firm for $224 million, after the company reportedly failed to protect his smartphone data.

As part of his lawsuit, the investor claims that AT&T employees are complicit in a SIM swap scam, where hackers attempt to gain access to phone data via social engineering. In other words, for this scam to work, criminals are known to pose as the owner of a victims’ phone number, hence convincing the customer support teams of telecom providers to grant access to the phone in question. By doing this, attackers get access to a variety of accounts, including digital currency wallets.


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17 Jun

State of New York Proposes Launch of Digital Currency Task Force

By Daniel Zo NY, New York, USA, Task Force, Cryptocurrency Read Comments

The State of New York has actively pursued cryptocurrency regulation, especially since exchanges operating in the region need to register and be licensed by the city’s financial regulator. Despite this aspect, the New York State Assembly has recently proposed the idea of creating a digital currency task force, meant to examine the crypto and blockchain markets operating locally.

According to a summary of the meeting, if approval is received, the task force will consist of 9 persons, who will write out a report of their findings by December 2019.


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02 May

European Parliament Votes for Stricter Regulation for Cryptocurrency Market

By Daniel Zo EU, EP, Cryptocurrency, Regulation Read Comments

During the last couple of months, the European Parliament (EP) and Commission (EC) have been actively involved in discussion of appropriate regulation for the digital currency market. Now, recent reports indicate that the EP has voted for a stricter array of regulations for the crypto market.

With this in mind, once the legislation is applied at the European Union level, crypto exchanges alongside wallet providers will be required to introduce specific due diligence procedures for their customers. In other words, wallets and exchanges may soon have to begin verifying user identity. Additionally, the measures also point out that crypto wallets and exchanges will need to register before being allowed to offer their service.


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17 Apr

Less than 100 People Reported Crypto Income to IRS, Warning Issued

By Daniel Zo USA, IRS, Digital currencies, Trading, Cryptocurrency Read Comments

During the last couple of years, all around the world, there have been numerous discussions on what the proper taxation mechanism for digital currencies is. The lack of a united approach towards this issue has led to countries implementing vastly different taxation policies.

The issue goes deeper, as in the United States, citizens aren’t yet sure what approach they should consider when doing their taxes. While the IRS has provided guidance on bitcoin transactions for a couple of years, bitcoin is considered as property. This means that the purchase, trade, sale and mining of crypto can be regarded to as taxable actions.


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16 Apr

Will Crypto Prices Continue their Bullish Price Increase?

By Daniel Zo Digital currency, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, IRS, USA, Atlas Quantum Read Comments

The last couple of months have been nothing short of incendiary for digital currency users throughout the world. Following Bitcoin’s massive increase to $20,000 in 2017, the coin has been facing large volatility ever since. A few days ago, the bitcoin price managed to rebound more than $1,000 in less than 24 hours, after its price increased from $6,900 to over $8,000.

Economic analysts have found plausible reasons for both the decrease and increase in price. To kick things off, the price fall sustained until now, can be attributed to fear-selling, tax liability and regulatory changes. Tax liability is a bigger issue than people expected at first, considering the fact that the large price increase created massive short-term gains, which are taxable by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in the United States. With $590 billion in value created in 2017 alone and U.S. holders capturing roughly 30% of value growth, many had to sell in order to keep their taxes in check, and avoid any issues with the IRS.


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08 Dec

UK Treasury to Oversee Digital Currency Trading Activities

By Daniel Zo ATM, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, UK, UK Treasury Read Comments

According to recent reports, the UK Government alongside with the governments of a few European Union countries are planning to further regulate digital currencies, in order to make sure that they’re not being used for illegal purposes, such as money laundering or illegal/terrorism financing.

The statement was first made by a spokesperson from the UK Treasury, who mentioned that bitcoin and other digital currencies should be regulated, and brought in line with the country’s current legislation on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing policies. According to the spokesperson, ‘We have clear tax rules for people who use cryptocurrencies, and like all tax rules, these are kept under review. We also intend to update regulation to bring virtual currency exchange platforms into anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulation.’


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16 Oct

Will Malaysia End up Banning Digital Currencies Altogether?

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Malaysia, Ban Read Comments

Digital currency regulation represents an issue that numerous governments throughout the world are dealing with, as the cryptocurrency ecosystem continues to evolve. In the case of Malaysia for instance, there are more and more talks about how and if bitcoin should be regulated, alongside with whether it should be banned entirely.

To put things better into perspective, reports suggest that the Central Bank is now taking a couple of cues from China, following a couple of statements that haven’t been positive towards digital currencies and possible regulation in the future. It is interesting to see how things changed, judging by the fact that in 2014, the BNM stated that: “The Bitcoin is not recognised as legal tender in Malaysia. The Central Bank does not regulate the operations of Bitcoin. The public is therefore advised to be cautious of the risks associated with the usage of such digital currency.”


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05 May

Ethereum Breaks Its All-time High, and Reaches $7 Billion Market Cap

By Daniel Zo Cryptocurrency, Ethereum Read Comments

Since the Ethereum platform first appeared on the market, interest in it has both peaked and decreased overtime. However, it seems like the popularity of Ethereum is quickly growing, considering the fact that it has just managed to surpass the $7 billion market cap, which is the same level of the Bitcoin market cap, present last year, thus showing just how much it has grown.

During the last couple of days, Ethereum managed to soar from $50 for one Ether, to around $80, thus once again surpassing its all-time high, which is simply amazing for the smart contracts platform.


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17 Nov

Singapore Will Soon Introduce Its Own Digital Currency In Banks

By Daniel Zo Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech, Singapore Read Comments

Blockchain technology has often been referred to as a great way of facilitating interbank payments, through private digital currencies. According to recent reports, it seems like the Monetary Authority of Singapore will become the newest central bank to launch its trial, blockchain-based system meant for carrying out interbank payments.

The project reportedly also involves a total of eight banks alongside with the city’s stock exchange, and its main purpose is to simplify the payment process with bitcoin, while also reducing transaction costs. Not only this, but this FinTech concept is likely to also include cross-border transactions, made possible by the participation of another central bank in the foreseeable future. According to the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Ravi Menon, “Today, banks have to go through correspondent banks to intermediate these payments. It takes time and adds to cost (…) this project marks the first step in MAS’s exploration of ways to harness the potential of central bank-issued digital currency.”


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