Global AML Watchdog to Take Actions Against Crypto Money Laundering

A global inter-governmental body, The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will step up its efforts in monitoring the use of cryptocurrencies in money laundering  
26 February 2018   184

FATF aims to tackle financial crime. The Task Force was founded in 1989. It consists of ministers from its member jurisdictions who help determine standards and execute legal, regulatory and operational measures to fight money laundering, financial crimes, and others.

According to a memo of its latest meeting, FATF studied the findings of a recent report regarding the risks of cryptocurrency money laundering. It also took on board the regulatory measures being adopted in different countries.

It resulted in the implementation of additional initiatives to address the risks of cryptocurrency in money laundering. This meeting showed that there is a growing attention from worldwide regulators over illegal uses of cryptocurrency.

According to news agency Yonhap, financial regulator of South Korea, the Financial Service Commission has briefed a global anti-money laundering body on its obligations related to cryptocurrency transactions to tackle money laundering.

Crypto Taxpayers to be supported in India

Cleartax, the largest Indian tax filing platform joins Zebpay exchange to help crypto taxpayers
24 March 2018   102

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.