EPT Barcelona begins this week

The PokerStars European Poker Tour will return to Barcelona this month, beginning this week. The 2018 EPT Barcelona will take place from August 21st until September 2nd, with the Casino Barcelona playing host. The schedule is filled with quality tournament events including the Main Event, High Roller options and more. 2018 EPT Barcelona: There are […]

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South African Tax Authority Going After Crypto Traders

South African Tax Authority Going After Crypto Traders

The South African Revenue Service is working to improve the tracking of cryptocurrency traders and their transactions in order to verify if they are paying taxes. According to its Commissioner, the agency is exploring ways to better identify those that are profiting from trading digital assets and check if they are evading taxation.

Also read: Chinese Courts Face Hundreds of Crypto Cases, Struggle with Rulings

Identifying Traders is Key, Commissioner Says

SARS, the South African Revenue Service, is actively looking into ways of identifying people that are trading cryptocurrencies to establish if they are avoiding taxes due on their incomes, the acting Commissioner of the authority, Mark Kingon, revealed quoted by Fin24. During a conference organized by the Institute of Internal Auditors in Sandton this week, Kingon remarked:

The key thing is identifying people who are trading because it’s easy to say cryptocurrency gains must be deductible, but there are also those who lose. That’s why it’s important to identify the trader.

The official emphasized that identification is the main issue and the most critical aspect, Pressportal relayed. He went on to explain that as most traders use credit cards to purchase digital assets, once a noncompliant trader is properly identified, SARS can launch an investigation into the case.

South African Tax Authority Going After Crypto TradersMark Kingon also noted that while the agency has its procedures in place to identify traders, dealing with the issue is not straightforward. Many of the South African crypto investors are actually using foreign bank accounts and some are conducting their transactions in other jurisdictions.

“The world is getting smaller and we are getting far more people transacting in foreign jurisdiction,” the commissioner said, adding that common reporting standards will enable authorities in different countries to do better in that respect.

Regular Tax Rules Apply to Crypto Incomes

Earlier this year, the South African Revenue Service decided that the regular tax rules should apply to incomes and profits from crypto-related transactions. Taxpayers in the country were told they were expected to include gains and losses from trading cryptocurrencies in the taxable income reported on their tax returns.

“The onus is on taxpayers to declare all cryptocurrency-related taxable income in the tax year in which it is received or accrued. Failure to do so could result in interest and penalties,” SARS warned in April, as news.Bitcoin.com reported. Along with the statement, the authority acknowledged it had received many calls to clarify the matter and provide guidance on reporting crypto incomes for taxation purposes. It also insisted no separate interpenetration of the regulations was needed.

South African Tax Authority Going After Crypto Traders

The popularity of cryptocurrencies is continuing to grow among South Africans and in the region as a whole, and the need for clarity in regards to crypto taxation has increased. In July, the South African Treasury put forward several amendments to the country’s tax legislation including, according to local media reports, a proposal to exempt crypto traders from VAT (value-added tax).

What is your opinion on crypto taxation? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.

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Sportsbetting provider mybet Holdings SE files for bankruptcy

In Germany, online sportsbetting provider mybet Holdings SE has announced that it has voluntarily entered ‘insolvency proceedings’ after earlier having its request for a temporary tax suspension denied by a court in Frankfurt. Unpaid tax bill: According to a Tuesday press release at APCW.org, the bankruptcy decision was taken due to its ‘imminent insolvency’ and comes […]

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Prolific Bitcoin Dealer ‘Blew a Giant Hole’ Through US Legal Framework

Prolific Bitcoin Dealer 'Blew a Giant Hole' Through US Legal Framework

A Mexico-based “prolific bitcoin dealer” has been indicted and held without bond in the US on a number of international money laundering charges. He used Bitfinex for his exchange needs after Coinbase closed his account. His “activities ‘blew a giant hole’ through the legal framework of U.S. anti-money laundering laws,” the Department of Justice wrote.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Bitcoin Dealer Indicted

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that a bitcoin dealer, Jacob Burrell Campos, was indicted for international money laundering and is being held without bond. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Ciaffa said during Burrell’s bond hearing on August 17 that:

Burrell was a prolific bitcoin dealer who sold approximately $750,000 worth of bitcoin to hundreds of buyers throughout the United States. He conducted 971 separate transactions with over 900 individual customers, and accepted cash in person, through his bank accounts, and through Moneygram.

Prolific Bitcoin Dealer 'Blew a Giant Hole' Through US Legal FrameworkCiaffa told the court that Burrell operated as a “bitcoin exchanger” and his activities constituted a money transmitting business. He was therefore required to register with the Department of Treasury and comply with all anti-money laundering requirements including “reporting suspicious cash transactions.”

However, Ciaffa claimed that Burrell accepted cash “with no questions asked,” adding that he “supplied hundreds of individuals with an easy outlet to avoid the anti-money laundering laws applicable to all financial institutions, including licensed and registered bitcoin exchanges,” for a 5% fee.

The indictment states that Burrell sent 28 wire transfers totaling over $900,000 from his bank accounts in the U.S. to a bank account in the name of Bitfinex in Taiwan. Ciaffa elaborated:

Burrell sent the money from the United States to buy bitcoin and fund his business. With these and other funds, Burrell bought over $3 million worth of bitcoin in over 2,600 transactions. Burrell resorted to buying bitcoin through Bitfinex after his account was closed by Coinbase, a U.S.-based bitcoin exchange, for circumventing its ID verification process.

Blowing Giant Hole Through US Legal Framework

Prolific Bitcoin Dealer 'Blew a Giant Hole' Through US Legal FrameworkBorn in San Diego, Burrell lives in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. He was arrested on August 13 while trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico. The 21-year-old “was ordered held without bail today in connection with a 31-count indictment charging him with operating an illegal money transmitting business, failing to maintain an anti-money laundering program, international money laundering and conspiracy to structure monetary transactions,” the DOJ announcement reads.

The indictment also charges him with conspiracy to structure the importation of monetary instruments. Ciaffa told the court that “Burrell agreed with others to smuggle over $1 million in U.S. dollars into the United States from Mexico, in amounts slightly less than $10,000, in order to avoid the currency reporting requirements.”

The Justice Department reported the assistant U.S. attorney saying:

Burrell’s activities ‘blew a giant hole’ through the legal framework of U.S. anti-money laundering laws by soliciting and introducing into the U.S. banking system close to $1 million in unregulated cash.

Prolific Bitcoin Dealer 'Blew a Giant Hole' Through US Legal FrameworkU.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford “ordered him held without bail,” citing that he has “significant ties to Mexico, citizenship in three countries, no steady employment in the United States, the ability to access large sums of cash, and a disdain and unwillingness to comply with U.S. laws.” She, therefore, “concluded that Burrell posed a substantial risk of flight.”

According to the DOJ, the 31 counts in the indictment against Burrell carry different prison terms and fines. The first count carries a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The second carries ten years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The third through 30th counts, for the charge of international money laundering, carry “twenty years in prison for each count, [and a] $500,000 fine.” The last count carries five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, the Justice Department clarified that the charges and allegations “are merely accusations” and the defendant is “considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

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The Weekly: McAfee’s Doomed Wallet, Altcoin Panic, Binance Launches Fiat-to-Crypto

The Weekly: McAfee’s Doomed Wallet, Altcoin Panic, Binance Launches Fiat-to-Crypto

In this week’s daily editions of Bitcoin in Brief we reported on McAfee’s “Doomed” wallet, a panic in the altcoin markets, Binance’s new fiat-to-crypto platform in Liechtenstein and much more. The most commented-on article during the week covered a situation in the UK, where banks are targeting cryptocurrency owners – having their assets frozen and accounts locked without warning.

Also Read: Pantera Capital Raises Over $70 Million for Its Third Crypto Fund

Paxful to Build Second School in Rwanda

A cheerful story published on Monday was about Paxful, which launched the #BuiltWithBitcoin program in 2017 by donating $50,000 for the construction of a nursery school in Rwanda, starting to sponsor the construction of a second school in the African country. Planned for students aged 6-15 in the Nyamata Sector of Rwanda’s Bugesera District, the company jump-started the project with a $20,000 donation. Total construction is estimated to cost $100,000, with the balance to be collected through an online crowdfunding campaign. Donations can be made via BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC and Dash. And Paxful vowed to match all community donations until the $100,000 goal is met.

Altcoin Panic

The Weekly: McAfee’s Doomed Wallet, Altcoin Panic, Binance Launches Fiat-to-CryptoThe altcoin markets bleeding red was the big story on Tuesday. Sentiment in crypto community forums all around the web turned very dark as panic set in. With cryptocurrencies such as Iota, BNB, and Vechain nursing 20% losses in a single day – 25% in the case of the latter – the market was looking very ugly indeed. The total value of the cryptocurrency market has dropped to $194 billion at the time of publication, with BTC dominance reaching 53.5%. Just three cryptocurrencies in the top 100 were showing signs of green at the time, and predictably they were all stablecoins.

Stoners Drop Crypto From IPO

On Wednesday we reported that popular cannabis magazine High Times won’t accept cryptocurrencies for its IPO after all. According to a filing with the SEC, the company’s previous statement about it was a mistake. The announcement was “distributed in error as the Company will not be accepting bitcoin as payment for shares” High Times claimed. While it would have been fair to assume another company might have gotten cold feet due to the current bear market, or that it was somehow intimidated by the regulators behind the scenes, in this case it is indeed possible that whoever wrote that original announcement was just stoned out of their mind at the time.

McAfee’s “Unhackable” Wallet Is Doomed

The Weekly: McAfee’s Doomed Wallet, Altcoin Panic, Binance Launches Fiat-to-CryptoOn Thursday it was reported that security researchers claimed they successfully sent signed transactions with John McAfee’s “unhackable” Bitfi wallet. And someone had even been able to demonstrate root control of the device by installing the classic video game Doom on it. McAfee reacted by twitting: “A video played on your Bitfi wallet has nothing to do with the safety of your funds. This is amateur hour, not a hack! Any device with a computer and screen can be used to play games. I should start watching my YouTube videos on Bitfi wallet.” He later added: “Laughing so hard I can barely catch my breath. “Hackers” play Doom, play videos, root the device, play music on the BitFi wallet. We dont charge extra for those facilities. No-one has taken the coins from our pre-loaded wallet. No one will. Isn’t this what matters?”

Binance Launches Fiat-to-Crypto in Liechtenstein

On Friday we reported that Binance is launching a fiat-to-crypto trading platform in Liechtenstein. Using a joint venture with LCX, they plans to build up a team of up to 15 professionals for the Liechtenstein office that will manage customer support, legal requirements, due diligence, KYC, AML and government communication, while the team at Binance will provide and maintain the platform. The new exchange will offer trading for Swiss francs (CHF) and Euros (EUR) against major cryptocurrencies and promised to add more trading pairs in the future. Adrian Hasler, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein, welcomed the joint venture and said: “We are confident that Liechtenstein’s existing and future legal framework and practice provide a robust foundation for the Binance LCX and other blockchain companies to provide exceptional services here in Liechtenstein.”

Buy Hairspray with Bitcoin

The Weekly: McAfee’s Doomed Wallet, Altcoin Panic, Binance Launches Fiat-to-CryptoAn interesting story we covered on Saturday: you can now buy fancy hairspray with bitcoin. R+Co, the beauty collective founded by stylists Howard McLaren, Thom Priano, and Garren, has begun incorporating BTC and BCH payments into its business model, women’s style magazine The Cut revealed. R+Co’s president Dan Langer said: “Blockchain technology is going to be one of the future disruptors in the beauty industry. It will allow consumers the ability to leverage their data and purchase behavior in all kinds of new shopping ways… from reviews to rewards to product benefits. In order to stay at the forefront of this emerging thinking we wanted to integrate components of it while still in its early stages – like paying with Bitcoin – and learn with it as it evolves.”

UK Banks Target Cryptocurrency Owners

The most commented-on article during the week covered the situation in the UK, where banks have been targeting cryptocurrency owners. People who cashed out large amounts of cryptocurrency – legitimately – have had their assets frozen and accounts locked without warning, fueled by fears of money laundering and a general distrust of bitcoin. One person even claims to have had their house raided and computer equipment seized in a follow-up operation by police. Join the discussion.

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