Why Exodus disabled Bitcoin exchanges?

Exodus wallet temporarily suspended operations with Bitcoin due to the problems it experienced during past 72 hours
13 November 2017   1702

Exodus, the cryptocurrency and bitcoin wallet announced on November 11 that exchanges involving BTC would be temporarily disabled due to Bitcoin network congestion. It was stated that will be no opportunity to operate with Bitcoin until the network returns to normal.

Although the problem was promised to be dealt with by November 12, the Bitcoin trading pairs still remain disabled. Exodus claimed in the official twitter account that Bitcoin network fees are the highest they have ever seen and that a lot of transactions still need hours more to confirm. Regarding the exchanges failing at an unacceptable rate, exchange feature for Bitcoin trading pairs was decided to be suspended.

As far as the problem is still relevant, there was published a message to the community in Exodus account on Medium, where it was stated that the parabolic rise of Bitcoin Cash had a serious impact on the Bitcoin network and fewer miners on the Bitcoin blockchain made transactions more expensive.

This was a painful decision for us, as we were fully aware of the market situation; but at the same time, we couldn’t risk your funds getting stuck in the worst Bitcoin traffic jam. It’s worth noting the only income stream of Exodus is a small commission we get after ShapeShift exchanges, but we decided to prioritize user safety over commercial interest.
 

Exodus Team

Exodus team apologised for all inconveniences, promising to increase support efforts and reply with a solution to all users within 48 hours. They opened a direct channel to ShapeShift, and promised to deliver the funds back to the wallet as quickly as possible and to cover all related costs.

Moreover, Exodus pledged to add as many support engineers to their team as necessary, to improve the connection to ShapeShift, to work on integrating alternative exchange platforms, and to add a new feature which will warn users of “surge pricing” in case of similar network issues in the future.

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   142

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.