OSC Study: Only 5% of Ontarians hold Crypto

Ontario Securities Commission issued a research displaying that in spite of big interest to cryptos among locals, mostly they lack knowledge about the technology
29 June 2018   1326

The study claims that “the vast majority of Ontarians are approaching cryptoassets with caution.” It is explained in the research that practically, this shows that “only a small percentage” of Ontarians own digital currencies, and that holders “tend not to spend substantial sums of money acquiring them.”

The OSC ostensibly processed the study to get a better understanding of the way that Ontarians interact with cryptocurrency as the commission prepares to up its regulatory efforts. ING issued a resemble study with European, American, and Australian participants earlier this week. The study underlined that because Ontario has such a large population (13.6 million) that “a small percentage” is really a significant number-roughly 500,000 people, a figure that is “sufficient to concern the OSC as a securities regulatory authority.”

Of the total number of participants 500,000, roughly 42 percent said that they acquired digital currency for speculative purposes, in order to make a profit by holding onto their coins and then selling them at a higher price. Half of them reported that they purchased cryptocurrencies because of excitement for the technology.

Nevertheless, the majority of the people who reported that they had learned of Bitcoin but were unable to answer basic questions about the technology. Six statements about Bitcoin were introduced to the participants and asked whether or not they were correct; only 30 percent correctly identified 4 or more of the statements as true or false, and only 3 percent found all of the allegations correct.

It was also stated by the research that many Ontarians are not confident about the regulatory status of ICOs, noting that most ICOs are subject to securities regulation in Ontario. 10 percent of survey participants claimed that they had been solicited to participate in an ICO; 67 percent did not know what government body was in responce of regulating ICOs, and 18 percent answered that they did not think that ICOs were regulated at all.

Only 1.5 percent of participants declared that they had really acquired crypto assets through a token sale, that translates to roughly 170,000 people.

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   168

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.