Korean Banks to Limit the Service of Unverified Traders

In January, Korean authorities tightened the rules for crypto trading on local exchanges, requiring platform users to identify their ID with a bank account
12 September 2018   1746

South Korean banks will limit the service for users of crypto exchanges that have not identified their identity at the request of financial regulators of the country. This is reported by Bitcoin.com with reference to local media.

In January, South Korean authorities tightened the rules for trading cryptocurrencies on local exchanges, requiring platform users to identify their identity with a bank account.

To do this, a trader must open an account with a bank that cooperates with the exchange within the framework of the so-called real-name system. If the requirement is not met, traders can only withdraw funds from their accounts and lose the opportunity to deposit Korean won on their accounts.

However, after more than seven months, only four major cryptoexchangee platforms of the country - Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone and Korbit - offered their clients services for converting accounts into verified accounts.

At the moment about 40-50% of users of these exchanges fulfilled the January demand of the authorities. In addition, most traders continue to conduct operations with crypto-currencies at the expense of funds deposited on exchanges before tightening the rules of trade.

In turn, some exchanges have taken a number of measures to encourage the transition of traders to verified accounts. In particular, Bithumb cut its daily withdrawal limit by 10% for users with unconfirmed accounts, and Upbit distributed about 100 million Korean won ($ 88,000) to traders who fulfilled the requirements in August.

So far, banks cooperate only with four exchanges of the country. For example, Bithumb has an agreement with Nonghyup Bank. Recently, financial institutions have promised to strengthen measures to combat unverified users of exchanges. There's no info whether this decision will affect mining farms of South Korea.

As local publications write, banks plan to limit service and impose restrictions on the entry and withdrawal of funds in Korean won, unless traders create new verified accounts by a certain date.

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   340

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.



 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.



Earlier, Bithumb was ordered to pay an additional $ 67 million in tax.