Blockchain roundtable organized in Japan

Japan`s regulator, Financial Services Agency (FSA) has opened some details of the closed-doors roundtable
21 March 2018   2246

This meeting was arranged for regulators and central banks from many countries and it was connected with a wide multilateral joint research project on blockchain technology. The private conference was held on March 8 and 9, then FSA confirmed its report on Monday.

The financial regulators and central banks from a number of countries met Japanese and foreign academic institutions at the FSA-hosted roundtable. The representatives of the central banks of Singapore, Canada and Japan faced the financial regulators from the UK, France, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and the Australian security regulator. They discussed their points of view on the possibilities and disadvantages of the public (open) blockchain technology.

The FSA declared that the roundtable should definitely reveal the blockchain`s peculiar risks and opportunities. Also this financial regulator constantly researches possible weak spots of the public blockchain technology, relevant questions of its security and technical perspectives.

The list of subjects which were discussed at the roundtable includes the “Blockchain innovation and responsible user protection”, “Potential of blockchain”, “Blockchain tests and use cases - jurisdictional Proof of Concept” among others.

The FSA added that despite many details of the closed-door discussion stay under wraps, some common positions and challenges may be shared with the public while agreed upon by all the participants.

The banking market in Japan is aimed to be the largest consumer-end implementation of blockchain tech through a consumer payments application powered by Ripple. Therefore the largest central banks in the world were told cryptocurrencies “do not pose risks to global financial stability” during the ongoing G20 summit in Argentina by the international Financial Stability Board.

Bithumb Filed Appeal Against Korean Tax Office

Looks like the korean exchange doesn't really want to pay an additional tax worth $67 000 000
16 January 2020   124

The South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has filed a complaint against the National Tax Service (NTS) because of the requirement to pay additional taxes for the transactions of its foreign customers.

The company claims that cryptocurrencies do not have an official status in the territory of South Korea, which is why the authorities cannot have sufficient reasons to levy any taxes.

The tax court will have to decide within 90 days whether to retain or withdraw from Bithumb the obligation to pay the $ 69.1 million tax that was assigned to it by NTS in November. The Office declares that the withdrawal of income from accounts in Korean won by foreign residents is a taxable event. It is assumed that the exchange itself had to withhold tax from its foreign customers.

We paid the full amount and have since been preparing for arguments. We believe we will be given a chance to clarify our stance in court.

 

Bithumb

 The ministry has its own position on this issue.

Bitcoin under the current law is not an asset. It is clear and simple. The Ministry of Economy and Finance already made that clear. The NTS pushing ahead with the tax imposition is baseless and groundless, especially since it is still awaiting the ministry opinion on the same matter it sought again.

 

Choi Hwoa-in

Adviser to Financial Supervisory Service

According to the expert, the NTS maneuver is well thought out and aimed at starting to levy a tax on income that is currently not taxable.

We cannot comment on the ongoing matter. We will await the judgment from the Tax Tribunal.

 

NTS

Earlier, Bithumb was ordered to pay an additional $ 67 million in tax.