Myth of Total Illegal Bitcoin Use rejected by Scientist

Quebec Chief Scientist (Canada), Rémi Quirion, has issued a rejection for the “myth” that illegal transactions are among those for which BTC is basically used
25 April 2018   1269

Chief Scientist is closely connected with the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) – a publicly funded establishment founded for “providing support for the production and dissemination of knowledge.” Mr. Quirion states that Bitcoin is often accused of being a good tool for crime or money laundering, adding that “Even Christine Lagarde, president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently called for more regulation of cryptocurrencies to counter illegal activities.”

Quebec’s Chief Scientist insists on bitcoin offers its customers “pseudonymity,” rather than total anonymity, which detracts from its potential illicit usage. Mr. Quirion cited Jonathan Hamel, who has denied that the public nature of bitcoin’s blockchain diverts from its anonymity.

Every transaction is transparent and public. They are indeed recorded in a kind of ledger whose copies are distributed among thousands of computers.
Jonathan Hamel, Cryptocurrency Analyst, Associate Researcher, Montreal Economic Institute

Erwan Joncheres, Cryptocurrency analyst, is also mentioned in the document.  He has also denied statements that bitcoin and money laundering go alongside.

I think that tax evasion and money laundering are anecdotal on cryptocurrency networks. Since bitcoin is transparent, it will be very easy to identify all the people trading on an online exchange or portfolio platform.
Erwan Joncheres, Cryptocurrency Analyst

The document underlines the research conducted by the Center for Sanctions and Illicit Finance of the Defense of Democracies Foundation that, after analyzing bitcoin transactions made between 2013 and 2016, revealed that only 0.61% of trading transactions in the period were associated with illegal activities. The Chief Scientist refers center’s findings that illegitimate transactions within the bitcoin economy are extremely centralized, further undermining the offer that illicit activities pervade the bitcoin economy. Said research indicated that less than 10% of anonymous free markets were responsible for 95% of illegal transactions towards bitcoin between 2013 and 2016.

Israeli BTC Investors to Face Catch 22

They need to pay taxes from Bitcoin investing in order to avoid their property arrest, but banks don't take their money due to AML issues
06 August 2019   135

Bitcoin investors in Israel are faced with the impossibility of paying taxes, as local banks refuse to accept funds received from the sale of cryptocurrencies because of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing. About this writes the local edition of Haaretz on August 6.

Bitcoin is not recognized as a currency in Israel, therefore, individuals must pay 25% of the income from cryptocurrency trading to the treasury, and legal entities - 47%.

Investor Ron Gross told the publication that he acquired bitcoins in 2011 and reported his income to the tax office. In 2017, the bank that served Gross began to refuse to accept funds received from the sale of bitcoins. The investor met with representatives of the bank to demonstrate to them a 70-page history of bitcoin transactions as confirmation of the origin of the funds, but failed to convince them.

The tax authority is aware of the problem, but they say the ball isn’t in their courts. I’ve tried working with almost all the banks, but the minute they hear the word ‘Bitcoin’ they freeze up.
 

Ron Gross

Bitcoin investor from Israel

 

Since Gross was unable to pay taxes on time, his bank account, home, and even scooters were arrested. According to the investor, the tax authorities know about the problem, but can do nothing.

According to Haaretz, the tax office is aware of $ 86 million in unpaid taxes on income from cryptocurrency trading. It is possible that the real amount may be significantly higher.

Roy Arav, another Bitcoin investor, kept the proceeds from trading Bitcoin in an account with Israeli bank Discount under the control of the Bit2C exchange. The bank refuses to transfer money to Arava’s personal account under the pretext that its politicians forbid it to transfer funds related to virtual assets to client accounts due to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Arav also could not pay taxes and was forced to sue the bank. According to the investor, the authorities entered his position and granted him a deferral of time for the consideration of the claim.