Spanish Authorities to Request Info on Crypto Holders

Requests were sent to 60 organizations - including banks, crypto-exchange platforms and firms specializing in securities trading.
06 April 2018   374

The Spanish Tax Board has requested from local commercial companies and financial organizations names and information about trade transactions of cryptocurrencies purchasers. Thus, the agency hopes to identify and suppress cases of tax evasion and money laundering using digital assets, reports Bloomberg.

According to the source of the publication in the department, requests were sent to 60 organizations - including banks, crypto-exchange platforms and firms specializing in securities trading.

This step was a logical continuation of the work of the National Office for Investigation of Fraud with Bank Accounts, opened abroad, the source said. So, at the moment the authorities of Spain are trying to prevent tax evasion and, in particular, require that Internet companies, including Airbnb Inc., disclose the identities of their clients.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   134

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.