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Ripple’s Xpring partners with OMNI letting you get paid in XRP

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It’s not just about Ripple and its digital asset, XRP – every firm will need the blockchain respectively as per their niche. Now, there is no doubt that any company that intends to make a mark in their respective field has to have a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology strategy. As Tom McLeod, the CEO and founder of Omni, said in one of his recent interviews, “I think any business scaling today has to have a cryptocurrency strategy. For us, this is the beginning.”

Back in January, Omni, the on-demand property storage and rental bazaar, managed to raise about 25 million US dollars in XRP tokens which was considered by many analysts as an opportunist move to take advantage of the cryptocurrency boom. Since then, the cryptocurrency industry has gone thriving with Ripple’s XRP being at cross-hairs with regulators who are still debating on whether the digital coin is security with extra restrictions or a currency.

Now, Omni has an opportunity to get rid of some of its XRP assets. Omni is now starting to allow individuals to get paid in XRP tokens when they hire out their materials to associated users. Their balance of earnings is stored in US dollars, but they convert it to XRP during withdrawals at any time without incurring any fees. Omni is now successfully integrated to Ripple’s XRP Cash Out platform that will enable Omni users to have the option of cashing out their rental earnings to any XRP wallet of their choice.

This is yet another fete for Ripple’s default currency, XRP, as it is the first milestone that will allow consumers to get their hands on XRP coins outside of an exchange.

According to McLeod,

“In every other cryptocurrency investment scenario, individuals are forced to risk their own money. But what we are trying to do is to allow users to be able to put items they already own to work for them and allow them to earn XRP coins while they relax”

Omni CEO continued,

“With this kind of integration, individuals will essentially double dip on ownership-as-investment by investing a portion or all their proceeds back to the cryptocurrency market and by unlocking liquidity early.”

Ripple’s Xpring was selected for this integration early this year given that it is already an instantaneous and cross-border payment platform that has crucial technical capabilities to implement solutions. On the other hand, many users might not want anything to do with the virtual currency, XRP.

The goodness of this partnership is that users who do not want XRP have been given an option to ignore the feature as it is not being imposed on users. However, they will not be able to disregard Omni’s aggressive campaign to get people renting their goods and materials out.

Omni’s Brief History

As a self-storage startup company, Omni began just as a storage service company with the goal to transform the traditional self-storage ecosystem. Currently, the company is available in Portland and San Francisco.

How Omni services work is by allowing users to store their products for a flat convenient monthly fee per product and also allowing the very same products to be rented out to strangers. By doing this, they assist their customers to earn money on the items that include fancy plates, bikes, and many others, that could have otherwise collected dust in their backyards or storehouses.

Users usually schedule a pick-up date with Omni, where their representatives come to your premises, check on the condition of goods and take a photograph of them. They then take them away to their storehouses where space costs are lower than the City center or at a users’ home. The amazing convenience of the service is that a person can request the return of their goods in as little as a few hours, creating a facade that your items never left your premises.

A majority of traditional self-storage units usually do not open in the night hours and collecting your items are a big hustle that often requires a truck. Omni is changing all this with their revolutionary framework. And now allowing users to cash their earnings out with third largest cryptocurrency, XRP, is nothing short than a revolutionary move.

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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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Five Strategies for Lowering Your Crypto Taxes

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Getting taxes done isn’t always the highest item on everyone’s to do list. This is especially true if you have accumulated significant gains from investing in cryptocurrencies. What many investors often don’t consider are the opportunities to actually reduce their tax liabilities from their crypto investing. This article discusses five strategies that you can use to help minimize your crypto tax liability.

Depending on what country you live in, your cryptocurrency will be subject to different tax rules. The questions below address implications within the United States, but similar issues arise around the world. As always, check with a local tax professional to assess your own particular tax situation.

1. Tax loss harvesting

Tax loss harvesting is a common strategy in the world of investing where you sell your assets that will realize a capital loss. All you need to do is look at your investments and see which ones you bought for more than they are currently worth. By selling at a loss, you can potentially dramatically lower your net capital gains and thus reduce your taxable income. Given the market we are currently in, there are abundant opportunities to harvest losses and save on your tax bill. Cryptocurrency tax calculators have built specific tax loss harvesting tools that you can use automatically detect which coins present…

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Will Bakkt Push Bitcoin into the Mainstream?

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Bitcoin has been in a prolonged bear market for some time and has dropped as low as $8300 in recent weeks. This is the worst time for the cryptocurrency since prior to the bitcoin boom in 2017, and it has led to speculation that the original cryptocurrency could be on the decline. However, the digital asset may be about to bounce back. This could be thanks to Bakkt, the new digital asset platform which aims to provide a secure and well-monitored place for investors to trade bitcoin. Some analysts are even suggesting that this could lead bitcoin into the mainstream.

Bitcoin has been teetering on the edge of the mainstream for some time now, with various companies accepting payments in the digital currency. The reason why it hasn’t yet taken off is that it doesn’t have enough practical applications to encourage the everyday person to start using it. But the market is there for alternative payments, and this is particularly apparent in the online casino industry when new sites crop up. For example, Johnny Jackpot is a smashing new casino brand that accepts a number of payment systems including Neteller, Skrill, and Paysafecard. Global customers want to be able to use options like these which were designed for the internet.

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How Tax Agencies Are Going After Crypto Traders

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Bitcoin investors have in recent months faced increased pressure from various governments around the world regarding unpaid taxes accrued from their holdings.

Tax agencies across the globe continue the regulatory push that has put crypto under the radar, especially in the aftermath of the massive gains enjoyed during the bitcoin price boom of 2017. And although Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have since experienced a major tanking esp. over the last 20 months, the focus has shifted gears. Now tax authorities are keen on having cryptocurrency holders file their tax returns properly, and in some cases, are pushing for penalties on potential crypto tax cheats.

Here is how various governments are reacting to the issue of unpaid bitcoin taxes.

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The U.S’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently began sending out crypto tax-related letters to some 10,000 individuals. The IRS letters are to the effect that crypto investors may owe the taxman money for cryptocurrency trades they may have carried out in the last couple of years. 

In 2014, the IRS issued guidance that classed Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as property, meaning that trading crypto among other activities is a taxable event. Thus, taxpayers who made profits on their crypto face penalties and tax on cryptocurrencies,…

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