Bitcoin Point Swap services closed in South Korea

Two major Korean banks dropped their Bitcoin Point Swap services following the government emergency regulations
27 December 2017   1408

A small recap is in order. The South Korean government announced on December 15, 2017 that banks as of then are prohibited from participating in Bitcoin trade. And now it comes back in force. Two of Korean major banks – Shinhan Bank and KB Koomin Bank, which offered credit card points to bitcoin swap services, now discontinue this programm.

To better understand what is happening, one has to know, what the credit card point is. Both banks offer the ability to accumulate their bonus points for performing operations inside their respective bank group with their credit cards. And you can use them for purchases in affiliated stores or, until now, to purchase Bitcoin on Coinplug.

All of this stems from recent ban on banks for performing direct cryptocurrency operations. And this doesn't affect only two aforementioned banks. All of them have to cease direct operations in cryptocurrency market, be it trading or setting up shop for a more convenient user interaction with digital currency world. Most major banks even had to stop issuing virtual bank accounts for cryptocurrency exchanges. And the already-in-place regulations prohibit trading without one.

In September government already forced the shut-down of the country's leading creptocurrency exchange Bitnumb in fear that the service could be used by criminals with counterfeit credit cards.

Israeli BTC Investors to Face Catch 22

They need to pay taxes from Bitcoin investing in order to avoid their property arrest, but banks don't take their money due to AML issues
06 August 2019   129

Bitcoin investors in Israel are faced with the impossibility of paying taxes, as local banks refuse to accept funds received from the sale of cryptocurrencies because of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing. About this writes the local edition of Haaretz on August 6.

Bitcoin is not recognized as a currency in Israel, therefore, individuals must pay 25% of the income from cryptocurrency trading to the treasury, and legal entities - 47%.

Investor Ron Gross told the publication that he acquired bitcoins in 2011 and reported his income to the tax office. In 2017, the bank that served Gross began to refuse to accept funds received from the sale of bitcoins. The investor met with representatives of the bank to demonstrate to them a 70-page history of bitcoin transactions as confirmation of the origin of the funds, but failed to convince them.

The tax authority is aware of the problem, but they say the ball isn’t in their courts. I’ve tried working with almost all the banks, but the minute they hear the word ‘Bitcoin’ they freeze up.

Ron Gross

Bitcoin investor from Israel


Since Gross was unable to pay taxes on time, his bank account, home, and even scooters were arrested. According to the investor, the tax authorities know about the problem, but can do nothing.

According to Haaretz, the tax office is aware of $ 86 million in unpaid taxes on income from cryptocurrency trading. It is possible that the real amount may be significantly higher.

Roy Arav, another Bitcoin investor, kept the proceeds from trading Bitcoin in an account with Israeli bank Discount under the control of the Bit2C exchange. The bank refuses to transfer money to Arava’s personal account under the pretext that its politicians forbid it to transfer funds related to virtual assets to client accounts due to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Arav also could not pay taxes and was forced to sue the bank. According to the investor, the authorities entered his position and granted him a deferral of time for the consideration of the claim.