Zero-confirmation BCH transactions to be kept in China

The Chinese exchange Bitasia declared about the start of supporting 0-confirmation transactions for BCH
23 March 2018   2312

The trading platform Bitasia is one among the first exchanges to provide zero-confirmation transactions. Due to this fact the traders can use the platform as speedily as possible.

Bitasia is a platform which allows the traders to exchange a diversity of cryptocurrencies (ETH, ETC, LTC, BTC, BCH ect.). This week the exchange claimed that after some consideration the trading platform would hold 0-confirmation transactions for the Bitcoin Cash retail chain. For merchants and other businesses such kind of transactions suggests the possibility to accept a digital currency before the first web confirmation. Nevertheless, according to the common position within the BTC community, at least one confirmation is necessary in order to preclude double spends.

Lately the developers Gavin Andresen and Tom Harding made specific patches to prevent forgeries from happening while 0-confirmation transactions are held. But then they have removed those patches from the codebase of the core. Today the BCH programmers and the community in the whole believe that zero-confirmation transactions are safe and have begun testing 0-confirms during the past few weeks. The BCH supporters were excited to find out that Bitasia had been going to keep  zero-confirmations.

Doublespend.cash, a new website, has recently posted a list of all the double spends` attempts against zero-confirmation BCH transactions. Those who support Bitcoin Cash are rather sceptical of the website`s data because the most part of the transactions have a cost set lower than the network relay minimum requirement. That can be explained by the fact that transactions under 1 satoshi per byte are usually never promoted among the BCH clients. Due to this, many BCH upholders regard the Doublespend.cash website as an effort to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt).

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   144

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.