Regulatory Update – ECJ Advocate General says ‘No’ to VAT on Bitcoin

  In this week's update we discuss: - ECJ Advocate General states that Bitcoin should be VAT exempt  For more information and in-depth analysis on these topics, please visit the Merkle Tree Blog at http://bitlegal.io/

Proceeds of Crime applies to digital currency businesses – UK

Part of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 applies to digital currency businesses based in the UK. Primary offences include: Concealment of criminal property (s.327) Arrangement of a transaction involving money laundering (s.328) Acquisition, use or possession of criminal...

From P2P insurance platforms to smart insurance contracts – a regulatory perspective.

P2P insuretech platforms are P2P Mutuals with or without re-insurance. In this article we explore how these platforms are currently being regulated at a high level. We also explore the notion of disintermediation of insuretech platforms themselves...

“The Times They Are A Changin’” – tax enforcement against cryptoexchanges is the new...

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has requested details on Coinbase’s users to identify any tax violations. This action seems to have arisen as a result of US Treasury reprimanding the IRS for not...

Jurisdiction and digital currency businesses

For the most part, digital currencies are by their very nature decentralised; meaning that they are not tied to a specific country unlike the British Pound or the US Dollar. However, this does not...

ECJ General Advocate states that Bitcoin should be VAT exempt

Today, General Advocate Juliane Kokott stated in her Opinion to the ECJ regarding the Hedqvist v Skatteverket case that Bitcoin and digital currencies should not be subject to VAT. The provision of an exchange service...

Regulatory Updates – P2P lending in the US and Canada’s perspective on regulating BTC

  In this week's update we discuss: - Legal precedent for P2P lending in the US - Canada's Standing Senate Committee on Banking Trade and Commerce publishes a report on regulating Bitcoin  For more information and in-depth analysis on...

FinCEN states that issuing negotiable certificates of ownership of precious metals are MSBs and...

In a letter published on the 14th August 2015, FinCEN stated that if a company issues digital or physical certificates that relate to the ownership of precious metals, then they would be considered a money...

The Israeli Tax Authority has put forward a draft tax guideline on how to...

The Israeli Tax Authority has put forward a draft tax guideline on how to treat Bitcoin. The announcement on the 11 January 2017 in their official publication sets out these proposed guidelines. The official...

Canada puts forward recommendations on Bitcoin regulation

  Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce published a report on the 19th June. It outlined 8 recommendations on dealing with Bitcoin on a regulatory level. The specific recommendations to the Federal...