BTC Isn't a Thread for Banks, Global Blockchain COO Says

Shidan Gouran believes that banks even are almost encouraging the use Bitcoin
30 March 2018   1710

Shidan Goran, President and COO of Global Blockchain, the investment company that bought all the Kodak Coin tokens during the presale, said that large banks are not competitors of payment services like Ripple and Bitcoin. On the contrary, banks closely monitor the development of these technologies.

If big banks were to succeed in crushing one of these two currencies, Ripple would be it. The main reason for this is because Ripple is much more of a direct competitor to banks. Because it operates more like a transaction network than a currency, it’s a lot more plausible that they will be a target for banks to get tough with. Whereas because Bitcoin operates more like a currency, they don’t pose the same threat.
 

Shidan Gouran

COO, Global Blockchain

Ripple too is now considered as an opportunity for banks rather than a threat.

I believe Ripple offers a viable blockchain solution and an enormous amount of utility to banks. As such, I do not believe that big banks will necessarily crush either Ripple or Bitcoin for that matter. While banks are actively investing in and working to develop blockchain-based solutions, it’s going to take a bit more time for banks to come around to the idea of relying on a cryptocurrency and for the industry to become more established. I believe banks are keeping a close eye on Ripple. This isn’t going to happen overnight.
 

Darren Marble 

Chief Executive Officer, CrowdfundX

As experts believe, in spite of the increasing adoption of the blockchain technology behind BTC and XRP by the big banks, it does not constitute a direct connect to the price of the two cryptocurrencies.

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   148

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.