Over the past few years, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have received the lion’s share of attention from crypto enthusiasts and investors, sending the price of these coins to new highs. The price of cryptocurrencies, however, is notoriously volatile. At any given moment, their prices can experience wild swings based on a regulatory crackdown from a country, an announcement of a hard fork upgrade, or even a tweet. This volatility has made the adoption of digital coins as a mainstream currency, on par with the U.S. dollar or other fiat currency, impractical. As a result, despite their popularity, cryptocurrencies continue to be viewed by many as speculative assets rather than a form of currency that can be used to conduct financial transactions. Enter stablecoins.
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The owners of a cryptocurrency company have pleaded guilty to tax evasion, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham.
Bitqyck founders Bruce Bise and Samuel Mendez were charged with tax evasion in August. Mr. Bise pleaded guilty on Sept. 9; Mr. Mendez pleaded guilty this morning.
According to plea papers, Mr. Bise and Mr. Mendez admitted that Bitqyck raised approximately $24 million from more than 13,000 investors. Instead of fulfilling their promises to these investors, the defendants used Bitqyck funds on personal expenses, including casino trips, cars, luxury home furnishings, art, and rent.
“Transacting in virtual currencies does not exempt businesspeople from paying income taxes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham. “These crypto-savvy defendants exploited an emerging technology, lying to their investors, pocketing the proceeds, and concealing the income from the IRS. The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that every taxpayer pays his or her fair share – and to protecting the crypto space from bad actors.”
Board of Governors Of The Federal Reserve System Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency
Joint Statement on Crypto-Asset Policy Sprint Initiative and Next Steps
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (collectively, agencies) recognize that the emerging crypto-asset sector presents potential opportunities and risks for banking organizations, their customers, and the overall financial system.1 As supervised institutions seek to engage in crypto-asset-related activities, it is important that the agencies provide coordinated and timely clarity where appropriate to promote safety and soundness, consumer protection, and compliance
with applicable laws and regulations, including anti-money laundering and illicit finance statutes and rules.
Cryptoassets and underpinning them distributed ledger technology
have attracted significant attention globally. Spread of transactions
with cryptoassets caused countries to develop their own strategies in the legal regulation and tax treatment of cryptoassets and dealings with them.
This article provides an overview of cryptoassets and the underlying
technology, represents the main activities with cryptoassets focusing
on cryptocurrencies, i.e. Bitcoin, Litecoin and equivalents. Despite the absence of their support by central banks or other central bodies
cryptocurrencies are commonly used as means of exchange or for
The nature of cryptocurrencies and the types of transactions with
them determine their tax treatment. The article considers the
position of HMRC that denies the recognition of cryptocurrency as of
currency or money and highlights the intangible nature of