Coinbase to Help Determine Whether Coin is Security

The system, which is developed together with Kraken, Circle and Bittrex, will help exchanges to determinate whether a coin is a security under US law
01 October 2019   643

Bitcoin exchange operators, including Coinbase, Kraken, Circle and Bittrex, have developed a system to evaluate which cryptocurrencies are classified as securities under US law.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the system will help exchanges decide which digital assets to list and which ones to not deal with so as not to violate the requirements of securities laws.

A specially created Cryptocurrency Rating Council evaluates digital assets based on the rules and recommendations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Cryptocurrency project developers do not participate in asset valuation, but may provide additional information.

The rating structure assigns from 1 to 5 points to the asset in question. The highest value indicates that cryptocurrency has the maximum number of signs of a security.

The Council published the results of an assessment of 20 cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin, Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR) and DAI each received 1 point, which indicates the minimum probability of classifying them as securities. The same applies to Ethereum (ETH) - only 2 points.

Ripple's XRP was at risk with 4 points. Closer to this value, the ratings of tokens EOS, FOAM, Stellar (XLM), Tezos (XTZ), Augur (REP), Hedera Hashgraph (HBAR) and LOOM from Loom Network - 3.75 points.

The system itself selects digital assets for valuation, but may consider the application.

In addition to exchange operators, the founders of the Cryptocurrency Rating Council were custodial and trading companies of the industry, including Anchorage, a division of Cumberland holding DRW, Genesis Global Trading and Grayscale Investments.

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   100

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.