Huobi to Join China Supported Blockchain Alliance

In addition to Huobi, BSN includes UnionPay, China Mobile and China Telecom, as well as China Merchants Bank International and WeBank
02 December 2019   284

The Chinese division of the Huobi cryptocurrency exchange is among the first members of the Blockchain Services Network (BSN), organized by the State Information Center (SIC) to unite industry representatives, The Block writes with reference to local media.

Information about the members of the new association was disclosed at the conference on December 1. In addition to Huobi, it includes China UnionPay, a Chinese payment system, supported by the authorities of the telecommunications giants China Mobile and China Telecom, as well as China Merchants Bank International and WeBank.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, BSN aims to provide infrastructure platforms in the field of blockchain services that will bring together different networks, regions and institutions. According to the publication, the platform developed by China UnionPay and China Mobile has already been “successfully deployed.”

Recently, Huobi opened an official unit in the Chinese province of Hainan, writes The Block. On Sunday, President of the Hainan Financial Supervision Authority Yang Chen said that a regulatory sandbox model was being introduced in the region to test financial technologies and blockchain.

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   124

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.