Regulation Expert: Ether and Ripple convinced Securities

Gary Gensler, former Obama administration financial regulator, supposes ether and ripple appear as unregistered securities, and in present violation of the law
24 April 2018   1535

His words bring a substantial weight in the broader financial community. They also come after enterprise capitalists and lawyers put in ether projects met secretly with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to head off such provision. the representatives for both coins insist they’re not securities. 

Former Obama CFTC head Gary Gensler is speaking about cryptocurrencies in the framework of his appointment to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is thinking upon the crypto’s future relatively to regulation.

He’s concentrated on two of the most popular cryptocurrencies - ether and ripple, as potentially in future supposed to become securities. Should that happen, many experts consider it would herald the drop of both ones. Securities regulation imposes a host of legal burdens upon registrants, and costs to comply are often prohibitive and onerous. 

2018 is going to be a very interesting time. Over 1,000 previously issued initial coin offerings, and over 100 exchanges that offer I.C.O.s, are going to need to sort out how to come into compliance with U.S. securities law. 
Gary Gensler, former chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

He believes that Bitcoin and other resemble currencies are decentralized to such an extent as to not trigger regulation. But that’s not so obvious in the cases of ether and ripple, both of which Mr. Gensler insists are in  breach of securities law. 

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   148

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.