Crypto Assets Are Legal Equivalent of Property: Report

U.K.: Crypto-assets are legally equivalent to property, clearing the way for businesses to use digital currencies backed by blockchain technology, a high-powered group of legal experts chaired by a senior member of the judiciary reported today. The panel urged commercial lawyers to prepare for the disruptive impact of digital coins and associated technologies on the law, the legal system, and legal profession before others “steal a march” on them. UK Jurisdiction Taskforce The statement, reported by The Times and published by the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the LawTech Delivery Panel, concluded…

China’s Army Considering a Blockchain Rewards System, Report

China’s military could implement a blockchain rewards system to manage personnel data and incentivize its workforce, the Global Times reported on Nov. 18. Citing a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily report, the Global Times underscores that the blockchain system would likely not involve financial incentives, but would be used as an innovation strategy for the military’s management. Non-financial incentives The PLA is reportedly interested in using an immutable and secure blockchain-based system to manage personnel data; spanning records such as military training, career path, missions undertaken and performance reports.  The…

New Law in Ukraine Obliges Citizens to Report Cryptocurrency Holdings

The Ukrainian government has passed a new law that ensures that the citizens of the country reveal the amount of cryptocurrency they hold. The new law is part of Ukraine’s efforts to tackle the issue of corruption. One part of the new law forces citizens to disclose if them or any of their close relatives hold cryptocurrency. The aim of this legislation is for the Ukrainian government to legalize digital currencies so they can implement and collect income tax on cryptocurrency earnings and make sure that the newly emerging crypto…

Abra Adding 60 New Cryptocurrencies in Consumer Adoption Push: Report

California-based cryptocurrency wallet and investment service Abra is adding a total of 60 new cryptocurrencies to its platform, reports suggest. According to CoinDesk on Nov. 12, the increasingly widespread payment gateway is planning to more than treble its existing crypto offerings for international users from 30 to 90 tokens. Four stablecoins to debut on Abra platform Four stablecoins including Tether (USDT), Paxos Standard (PAX), TrueUSD (TUSD) and Dai (DAI) will reportedly be among the new tokens. Restrictions remain for United States residents, who are unable to hold Qtum (QTUM), Bitcoin…

Canada’s Largest Bank Mulls Crypto Exchange After Bitcoin Ban — Report

A Canadian bank, which banned its clients from buying Bitcoin (BTC), could now become the first in the country to launch a cryptocurrency exchange.  As innovation economy news outlet The Logic reported on Nov. 11, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is now rumored to be considering the plans. RBC reportedly planning multifunctional exchange RBC is the largest bank in Canada by market capitalization, with $661 billion CAD ($499 billion) in assets under management. According to The Logic, the bank is entertaining the possibility for the exchange to function both…

Report: In 4 Years the Number of Crypto Jobs Multiplied by Nearly 15

With the ever-increasing adoption of Bitcoin(BTC)trade and other cryptocurrencies, it’s no surprise that there is a soaring demand for professionals in this area. Let’s explore the job growth in crypto-related fields, and attempt to estimate the demand for blockchain talent and crypto experts for the upcoming year. The website Beseen has published a short report on how Bitcoin, alt-coins, and blockchain have affected the job market. The report analyzes the millions of job posting available on Indeed.com, one of the largest portals for job seekers, and surmises whether the future…

Malaysia to Impose Cash Transaction Limit of $6K in 2020: Report

Malaysia is planning to impose a $6,000 limit on cash transactions in 2020, according to a deputy governor at the country’s central bank. The new restrictions aim to prevent the use of cash in illicit activities, and won’t affect regulated financial institutions or other entities transacting for humanitarian aid purposes. The average Malaysian household spends $1,900 per month Abdul Rasheed, the deputy governor in question who works for Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), claimed that the measures will apply to all transactions involving physical cash, including payments for goods and services,…

US SEC Report Notes Trading Suspensions, Actions Against Crypto Firms in 2019

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended securities trading of 271 issuers this year, including some digital assets. The SEC released its annual report for the fiscal year of 2019 on Nov. 6, in which the regulator also noted that the number of suspensions is only slightly lower than last year’s 280. 31 court-ordered asset freezes in 2019 The report notes a Nevada company that falsely claimed to have partnered with an SEC-qualified custodian for its crypto transactions and to offer an SEC-regulated token offering as an example.…

How to Report Crypto Assets Accurately

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is continuing to focus its efforts in cryptocurrency. After sending a recent enforcement letter, the IRS has released two new pieces of guidance for taxpayers who engage in transactions involving digital currency. The new guidance includes Revenue Ruling 2019–24 and FAQs, including guidance for using the specific identification method. Additionally, the IRS has published a new draft for form 1040 Schedule 1, including a broad declaration regarding crypto holdings or trade. Here is a breakdown of these publications. Revenue Ruling 2019–24: airdrops and…