Australian Tax Office To Impose Tax On Cryptocurrency

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is establishing a task force that will seek to ensure cryptocurrency investors are paying the correct amount of tax
10 January 2018   1323

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is establishing a task force to monitor cryptocurrency transactions, according to a report in The Australian Financial Review.

The taskforce will seek to ensure cryptocurrency investors are paying the correct amount of tax. It is stated that a team of specialists across tax law, technology, banking and finance will devise strategies to follow the money on gains made from investment in digital currency.

We are consulting with key stakeholders who have expressed an interest in tax issues relating to cryptocurrencies. We will discuss common queries and scenarios, practical issues and the tax implications for current and anticipated future developments in relation to cryptocurrencies.

 

Spokesman

The Australian Tax Office

The first meeting of the ATO and various industry experts is expected to take place next month.

Recently, we have reported that the Swiss government has announced the creation of a new group to strengthen its regulatory framework related to blockchain startups and ICOs.

US Authorities to Sell $4.3M Worth Seized BTC

As reported, the Bitcoins were seized during different federal investigations
18 October 2018   114

The US Federal Penitentiary and Marshals Service has announced an auction, during which 660 Bitcoins will be sold, previously confiscated by law enforcement agencies. The current market value of the coins put up for sale is about $ 4.3 million, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoins offered for sale were seized during federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

The auction will be held on November 5, and to participate in it, you must register no later than October 31 and make a deposit of $ 200,000.

The trades will be divided into two parts and include the sale of six blocks of 100 BTC and one more block of 60 BTC. Auction participants will not be able to view other people's rates or change their own.

The Office clarified that part of the assets put up for auction includes Bitcoins, which were seized during the recent investigations into the cases of the traders Teresa Tetley and Thomas Mario Costanzo. Teresa Tetley was sentenced in July to a year in prison on charges of trading in cryptocurrency without the necessary license and laundering money obtained from drug trafficking.

The Marshals do not report which part of the bitcoins seized from Tetley and Costanzo is put up for auction, however, it was previously known that 40 BTC were withdrawn from the first, and 80 BTC from the second.

Two previous major auctions for the sale of confiscated bitcoins were held in the United States in January and March of this year. In the first case, 3813 BTC was sold, in the second - 2170 BTC.