Digital Currency Group Invested in Silvergate Bank

Silvergate Bank offered bank accounts to cryptocurrency startups
27 February 2018   185

Specializing in venture capital investments in the cryptocurrency Digital Currency Group (DCG) has confirmed the financing of Silvergate Capital Corporation, the leading company of Bitcoin-friendly Silvergate Bank. This is reported by CoinDesk.

We are very pleased with the outcome of our private placement, which generated broad based support from both traditional bank investors and other strategic investors. Our greatly increased capital base will support our growth and enable us to continue making investments in technology and people that will improve efficiency and productivity, and expand the products and services offered to our business customers.

Alan Lane

CEO, Silvergate

 According to Silvergate, the company raised $ 114 million through the sale of 9.5 million shares through private placement. These funds will be used to further support the bank's initiatives in the field of fi ntekh.

Although Silvergate did not name the names of investors, DCG head Barry Silbert confirmed the firm's participation in the round of financing. The amount allocated by DCG is also not specified.

Crypto Taxpayers to be supported in India

Cleartax, the largest Indian tax filing platform joins Zebpay exchange to help crypto taxpayers
24 March 2018   101

The object of this partnership is to educate Bitcoin traders and investors about the current tax laws and how to apply them in stating cryptocurrency profits and incomes. Indian authorities are aimed to find the best approach to Bitcoin and the other kinds of cryptocurrencies. The recent declarations of the regulators that new instructions would be accepted in a short time, have not been followed by real actions. So the attempts to enforce the control on this sphere have led to summaries that this task in not going to be simple at all. According to last month media reports, new frameworks and rules were waited by the end of March.

Though they failed to to introduce extensive regulations, the Indian authorities are focused to tapping into crypto earnings. In a previous month the Income Tax Department released notifications for thousands of cryptocurrency investors, as reported.

The Cryptocurrency Advisory Plan will help Indian bitcoin investors and traders in this year's tax campaign. The biggest tax filing platform Cleartax joins the Indian bitcoin exchanges and wallet providers Zebpay. They are both objected to support taxpayers to understand and abide by the law regarding taxation of the transactions with cryptocurrencies.

Cleartax declared it has the tax and technological expertise “to help people understand how bitcoin works”. Besides, the platform has started tax filing services for cryptocurrency investors. The Cleartax CEO and founder Archit Gupta claimed that together with Zebpay they are going to “simplify taxes for Indians”. The head of exchange at Zebpay, Nischint Sanghavi added that he believes the partnership with Cleartax will simplify tax planning for Zebpay`s customers.

In February about 100,000 cryptocurrency investors received tax notices from India`s Income Tax Department. Questionable dubious transactions, authorities investigated some of the cryptocurrency exchanges, and banks paused many of their accounts. Then the governmental pressure caused significant drop in trading volumes.

The authorities in Delhi have set a number of warnings against investing in BTC. Also the largest commercial banks have restricted severely the operations of local exchanges and individual cryptocurrency traders, even before any law demanding such measures is adopted.