Zebpay warns: Fiat Withdrawals could become ‘Impossible’

With coming date for India’s banking ban on the cryptocurrency sector, Zebpay - India’s large exchange - is warning that users` fiat deposits could be affected
25 June 2018   1283

One of India’s biggest crypto firms, Bitcoin wallet and exchange platform Zebpay,  has alerted its clients that their fiat rupee withdrawals could cease altogether in the near future, in accordance with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) recent ban. On April 5th, the central bank issued a circular mandating regulated financial establishments including domestic banks to forbid services to crypto businesses like exchanges. The central bank mandated a three-month deadline and it’s plausible that cryptocurrency exchanges could see their bank accounts closed by July 5.

In this case, the users will no longer be able to withdraw their deposited rupees, India’s fiat currency, from crypto exchanges. In a statement on Saturday (first published on Thursday), Zebpay claimed:

In light of that [RBI circular], please note that if Zebpay bank accounts are disrupted, rupee deposits and withdrawals will become impossible. This can cause discontinuation of crypto trade based on rupees, or at least cause significant price movements.
Cryptocurrency Exchange, India

Definotely, the exchange pointed out that the clients will only be able to resume withdrawing their fiat deposits if “Zebpay has banking services that permit such withdrawal” after the July 5th deadline has passed.

Zebpay warning on Twitter
Zebpay warning on Twitter

In a related-FAQ, the company claimed its ‘present intention is to let crypto-INR pairs” after their bank accounts are shut to allow users acquire crypto with their frozen fiat deposits. Nevertheless, Zebpay alerted it “cannot guarantee that we will continue the crypto-INR trade pairs forever”, stating it’s unable to currently “fathom all the consequences” of the looming banking blackout. 

The central bank revealed earlier this month that it had processed no research nor consulted any opinions from experts or the government prior to enforcing the arbitrary banking prohibition on the crypto sector.

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.