BTC to Reach $1M, IBM Executive Believes

Jesse Lund said Bitcoin will reach $5000 by the end of the year, but he believes it will reach $1 000 000 in the future
22 February 2019   750

On the eve of 2020, the price of Bitcoin will be at the level of $ 5000, but in the future it will rise to $ 1 million. This assumption was made by Vice President of IBM for the blockchain and digital currencies Jesse Lund.

I see Bitcoin at a million dollars someday. If Bitcoin is at a million dollars, then satoshi is on value parity with the U.S. penny. I see maybe $5,000 at the end of the year, but I see a way higher upward trajectory.
 

Jesse Lund

Vice President for the blockchain and digital currencies, IBM

In late August, IBM launched the Blockchain World Wire platform based on the Stellar protocol for instant cross-border payments.

In February, IBM launched the Internet of Things and the blockchain to combat drought.

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   132

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.