SegWit Transactions Are More Popular Than BCH

According to BitMEX reseach, there are more SegWit transactions in Bitcoin network than Bitcoin Cash transactions
23 March 2018   1922

The volume of SegWit transactions in the bitcoin network exceeded the aggregate number of Bitcoin Cash transactions since the launch of it in August of last year. This is reported in the blog of the BitMEX exchange.

As the researchers remind, activation of the Segregated Witness protocol was carried out in the same month as the Bitcoin Cash hardfork. It was promoted by his supporters as an alternative to the solutions for scaling the bitcoin network, suggesting significant savings on transaction fees.

Since the implementation of Segregated Witness, the volume of SegWit-transactions has exceeded the aggregate number of transactions performed on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network by 20.1%. Also, the researchers concluded that if the appearance of BCH occurred simultaneously with the activation of SegWit, then this separation would be much larger and would be 31.5% (the gray line on the graph).

Cumulative transaction volume since the launch of Bitcoin Cash
Cumulative transaction volume since the launch of Bitcoin Cash

The graph shows that in the first days after the appearance of Bitcoin Cash, there was a rapid growth in the volume of transactions in this network. At the same time, the increase of the  SegWit transactions in the bitcoin network occurred gradually. Nevertheless, in just three months, the volume of BTC transactions with SegWit exceeded the total volume of BCH-transactions.

The graph below shows how gradually the popularity of legacy transactions in the bitcoin network is declining in favor of SegWit.

Daily transaction volume
Daily transaction volume

The chart below shows the continued growth of SegWit transactions, mainly due to the activation of support for this solution by the major players of the bitcoin industry:

Percentage of transactions that use SegWit
Percentage of transactions that use SegWit

Currently, the share of SegWit-transactions in the bitcoin network is about 30%. At the same time, the average share of such transactions in the bitcoin blockchain is about 22%.

According to the researchers, Segregated Witness significantly influences the performance of bitcoin blocking and benefits in the form of a reduction in commissions even for users who prefer to use the old transaction format. Also, according to the BitMEX team, the results of their research show that large-scale innovations should be introduced gradually and in the most secure way.

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   163

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.