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Bitfinex Is After Your Tax Data For Crypto (BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP) Income Tax Purposes

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News reaching Global Coin Report indicate that popular online cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex, is adding a new requirement in its KYC (Know Your Customer) procedure. Select Bitfinex users are now being requested to submit their tax data. The data will be kept in their records to be submitted to the corresponding jurisdiction when the time warrants it.

Bitfinex is coincidentally registered in the British Virgin Islands that is known for being a tax haven. This current development looks contrary to the Exchange’s own vision of operating within a jurisdiction that is very lax when it comes to taxation. However, according to the announcement below, the British Virgin Islands might have made adjustments to its requirements and procedures specifically for tax enforcement by the IRS in the US. Below is the announcement that greeted some Bitfinex users when they logged onto the site.

Bitfinex notice on Tax information

According to Wikipedia, the British Virgin Islands has:

  • no capital gains tax,
  • no gift tax,
  • no sales tax or value-added tax,
  • no profit tax,
  • no inheritance tax or estate duty, and
  • no corporation tax

However, this new requirement might be targeting users in the US as earlier mentioned, for the IRS has expressed its wishes to collect taxes on cryptocurrency trading. Earlier this year, the American tax agency reminded Crypto traders that digital assets are considered as property and should be declared when filing their annual returns. The IRS was also quick to announce that the regular penalties and interest will apply to anyone who will be found not declaring cryptocurrencies in their returns.

With respect to Bitfinex, the above announcement has created quite a storm on Twitter with a boycott being advised by many users of the platform.

@Whalepool, which is a crypto community of day traders, had this to say about the announcement by Bitfinex:

“Bitfinex is now requiring users to give their tax information so that it can send it to BVI which will exchange it with your country’s tax authorities. We strongly disavow. If you also disagree with this decision, peacefully protest it by withdrawing your money from Bitfinex”

The Bitfinex team was quick to reply with the following tweet:

“We have not sent this message to all users. We have deliberately targeted users that we believe have an obligation to self-disclose. If a user has _not_ received a message from us, she needs _not_ self-certify anything to us at this time.”

With the above development on KYC procedures on Bitfinex, crypto traders can decide to boycott the exchange by moving their funds elsewhere or opt to comply with the new requirement.

Another option would be for the Bitfinex exchange to register in another jurisdiction that does not require similar KYC requirements on Tax data.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Why Bitcoin Price Remains Stable Before the Expected Hike

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The cryptocurrency rallied a few days back, but now, it has moved closer to 38.2% Fib level. Investors are enthusiastic that as it remains at this level for some time, and stabilize. The next move in Bitcoin price will take it to the 61.8% Fib level. This is when the hike in the price of the cryptocurrency will occur towards $4,200. However, after the surge in price, the upcoming weeks will see the Bitcoin falling swiftly to $3,000.

The truth is that if this move fails to occur, there may not be an improvement in the value of the digital currency. Also, this movement will enable the “bullish gartly pattern” we saw on the BTC/USD 4H chart to become a reality. Also, we are expecting that the Bitcoin price will decline the same way it has been recovering since early February.

Why this week’s closing price matters

Presently, Bitcoin price is still trading above what the intrinsic value is showing on larger time frames. However, we can see adequate room to accommodate short-term rallies. The price at which Bitcoin closes this week is very critical. It will be a clear indication as to how the digital currency will move in the coming weeks.

If Bitcoin closes at a price above $4,000, we are hopeful that the correction may come from early next week. On the other hand, any…

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Stanford Lecturer praises XRP over Bitcoin

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The world of cryptocurrencies continues to cause controversies even now, particularly when it comes to matters such as the superiority of one coin over others. According to recent reports, one student from Stanford University has stated that one of Stanford’s guest lecturers — Dr. Susan Athey — bashed the first and largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, while praising XRP.

Does guest lecturer go anti-Bitcoin?

In late February, Stanford’s student called Conner Brown came out publicly with a claim that Athey described Bitcoin’s network and protocol inaccurately, and that she also used the opportunity to make unfounded criticism. Athey, who also sits on Board of Directors at Ripple Labs — XRP’s parent company — supposedly also stated that XRP provides solutions to all issues mentioned in regards to Bitcoin.

According to Brown’s comments on the matter, the lecture in question took place over a month ago, and after attending it, he wrote an open letter to Standford, explaining the incident. In the letter, Brown claims that Athey inaccurately presented Bitcoin’s consensus protocol and overstated several issues, such as the threat of a 51% attack on the coins network, as well as Bitcoin’s mining centralization.

However, the main problem with the lecture, as Brown sees it, is the professor’s claims that XRP presents a solution to these problems.

The claims caused Dr. Athey to respond publicly via Twitter, stating…

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Bitcoin Chasing Green — First Positive Month Since July In Sight

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The crypto market has started seeing gains in mid-February, with Bitcoin (BTC) following the bullish trend as well. In fact, the largest coin was on its way of seeing the first positive month since July of the last year. Even though its price was struggling to permanently overcome the major resistance at $4,000, the coin kept trying, and as long as its price doesn’t drop below $3,414, this goal can still be achieved

The return of the bearish trend which briefly overtook the market on February 24th caused a lot of damage, although Bitcoin managed to remain above $3,800. Following the crash, BTC started seeing minor gains once again, indicating that the bears have withdrawn for now.

What does the future hold for BTC?

As mentioned, Bitcoin can only complete a positive month if its price remains above $3,500 until the end of February. At the time of writing, the price sits at $3,807 according to TradingView, with an increase of 0.58% in the last 24 hours. As things are right now, it is likely that BTC might succeed in doing this, as its price performed relatively well ever since January 11th, even though it remained between $3,300 and $3,700.

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The recently-emerging bullish trend took it beyond this, and while the price…

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