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Tax refunds are down this year, but not for Louisa.

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Tax refunds are down, in fact they have dropped by 8.4 percent, down to a 2019 average of $1,865 from $2,035 last year. This drop has some workers who usually get a refund paying out of pocket in addition to what’s already withheld from their paychecks.

But not all working people are taking a hit. An acquaintance who’s a UX developer at a design firm, and also operates a side hustle trading crypto under an LLC, told me she found a way to hang on to the money the Trump tax plan would otherwise pilfer from her earnings. Through a membership with a financial research platform, Louisa (not her real name) has been able to tuck the money away where it’s counted as a business loss, and she still has access to it for later.

Stumbling across a tax trap door

Louisa dabbles in crypto, although she doesn’t describe herself as an expert. She uses a financial research platform called the Pareto Network, which connects investors on a peer-to-peer basis. There are other platforms like this, but Pareto turns out to have a uniquely beneficial glitch.

It caters to entry level dabblers like Louisa, while also providing more advanced tools for higher volume investors. One of these tools is a subscription giving members unique access to more exclusive trading intel. And that’s where she found a trap door that would keep her money safe from Trump’s tax plan.

How the trap door works

In an effort to up her crypto trading game, Louisa signed up for the premium level subscription. To qualify, Louisa first had to build up a score on her Pareto investor’s profile. This was simply a matter of purchasing PARETO Rewards, the platform’s native points system, similar to airline miles. For now the company doesn’t sell rewards directly, but they’re available from resellers such as Netcoins, and various wholesale markets such as KuCoin and CredoEx, which trade digital assets. Once she had enough of these rewards points, she qualified for the subscription and its premium features.

The subscription itself, she found out, is a business expense because it is for financial research. So all the money she spent ‘buying’ her membership by accumulating rewards counts toward her business losses for the year because she just paid for access to the financial research platform.

Scaling this for a bigger investors to protect income as losses

These kind of digital rewards points are not yet regulated at a federal level as their own kind of asset, so the IRS tentatively considers them property, like a car. But while a car depreciates, these rewards stand to accrue value, because unlike airline points there are a limited number of PARETO Rewards. She told me she spent about $1,200 on PARETO Rewards over the second half of last year. It’s a modest sum, but it was enough to cover the 8.4% drop in her tax return.

And she’s essentially saving the money for later to sell at a profit. According to Pareto Network, there’s no limit to the level of access you can purchase. You could put aside $10,000 this way and it would all be tax deductible, as long as you actually access the Pareto Network with them at least once. It’s still yours, in points form, and you can liquidate it after tax season potentially for a net gain. Louisa kept her taxes, and made a little extra pocket money to boot. It’s a loophole, and it’s legal.

Keeping your income while keeping in good standing

Putting it another way, Louisa simply discovered an asset that’s also a loss—something that’s not really supposed to exist. But it does, and whether by accident or by design, Pareto has pulled a fast one on the IRS. So for now the joke’s on them, and investors using the Pareto Network are sitting pretty in good standing with the law.

As long as the investor’s subscription package is a relevant expense for your business, even unincorporated sole proprietorships that exist in your mind, you can swing this to shelter your income. The new tax plan is costing Americans a lot. But there are still ways to keep our earnings safe, and this is one of the most interesting I’ve heard about in a while.

Disclaimer: We do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice and this information is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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These Are the Crypto Influencers to Follow in 2019

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Last year was supposed to be the year of blockchain. But bitcoin’s belly flop put a damper on public interest and mainstream adoption remains elusive. But blockchain pioneers made some important strides in 2018, and people are now using it to vote, deal in fine art, and microfinance entrepreneurs in refugee camps. Crypto evolved and even became a national currency for the first time.

The rough year for bitcoin and cryptos was offset by the hard work and creative developments from some very bright minds. These are the leaders and influencers taking crypto into the future this year.

Amber Baldet

Baldet left a high profile job developing blockchain for JP Morgan so she could launch her own dapp platform. She made Forbes’ 40 Under 40 list, and advocates for building bridges between the public and private sectors when it comes to blockchain implementation. Now she’s forecasting a dark vision of the future under surveillance capitalism, and giving us the keys to navigating it by thinking about our personal data as the new money.

Laura Shin

As Forbes’ senior crypto editor, Shin was the first mainstream journalist to cover crypto…

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The Top 5 Barriers to Mass Adoption – And How to Overcome Them

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You can’t write an article about crypto without mentioning the latest market massacre. That would be like not talking about the elephant in the room. Many people in the industry are still too new to remember Bitcoin’s many bubbles. Yet this latest one is so epic because of the amount of money bleeding out. But is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Could bitcoin’s plummeting price hold the key to mass adoption?

Let’s take a look at the various factors getting in the way of mass adoption and how a lower price–along with removing these other obstacles–could be the trigger to crypto’s recovery.

1. Volatility

This time last year, Bitcoin was approaching its all-time high of almost $20,000. Now it’s flirting with $3,000 with some analysts calling for a low of $1,500. That’s a staggering drop by anyone’s standards.

Bitcoin Price

While there’s every possibility that the price will skyrocket back up again, such fluctuations are not for the faint-hearted. They’re also not suitable for use as a currency.

Plenty of stablecoins are in the market which may eventually leave Bitcoin behind as an everyday exchange of value. But they won’t make Bitcoin redundant. In fact,…

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5 Token Launch Platforms to Consider

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Token Launch platforms take away all the pain of designing tokens and developing smart contracts for ICOs. Thanks to the rise of UI/UX developers, you can create an ICO by simply choosing from drop-down menus. All of the token launch platforms reviewed below boast that you do not need to know to code to conduct your ICO.

This level of client-centricity is a welcome change in the ICO development phase which earlier stalled projects due to contract development issues. With time, that token launch platforms will begin to provide the level of customization expected by ICOs. The Blockchain space evolves rapidly and the route to success is paved with the number of your successful clients.

Review Metrics

I reviewed 5 token launch platforms and rated them according to the following metrics:

  1. UI/UX — 10 points
  2. Features — 10 points
  3. KYC integration — 10 points
  4. Pricing — 10 points

Without further ado, let’s see how the top token launch platforms fared.

#5 Polymath

Arguably the grand-daddy of token launch platforms, Polymath specializes in security tokens. While ICOs vs STOs is a debate for another article, I sit firmly on the fence, for now. The Polymath platform requires…

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