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Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Amendment Not Adopted By House Tax Reform Bill

Nov 15th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Last night, the Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Act was offered as an amendment to the House tax reform bill. The amendment was not adopted, but Coin Center applauded the bipartisan effort.
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Chainalysis Inks Government Contracts Worth Over $700K

Nov 11th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The bitcoin blockchain investigation firm continues to build relationships with and provide services to the Internal Revenue Service among other agencies.
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Bitcoin Monitoring Efforts Downplayed By Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Nov 10th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin diplomatically addressed questions about the government’s approach to bitcoin regulation and monitoring. Following the money trail, it’s obvious that the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service and the IRS are much busier than he let on.
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Two More Years In Prison For Ex-Secret Service Agent Who Stole Government-Seized Bitcoin

Nov 9th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was sentenced to two years in prison. In August, he pled guilty to money laundering related to the theft of government-seized bitcoin.
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Prison For Pastor Trevon Gross In Coin.mx Case

Nov 2nd, 2017
Lucinda Michele Knapp
Gross was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison after allowing bitcoin scammer Coin.mx to funnel ill-gotten ransomware gains and other suspect revenue through his church’s credit union.
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Focus Of SEC’s Cyber Unit, Including Blockchain

Oct 31st, 2017
Jordan Daniell
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has clarified the role of the new Cyber Unit within its Enforcement Division.
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Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission Recommends Against Bitcoin Campaign Contributions

Oct 30th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Breaking with a 2014 advisory opinion issued by the FEC, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission offered guidance on Wednesday to suggest that candidates do not accept bitcoin.
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Governor Of Central Bank Of Taiwan: Anti-Money Laundering Regulation Should Cover Bitcoin

Oct 27th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Bitcoin should be subject to anti-money laundering law, said the governor of Taiwan’s central bank on Wednesday.
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All Tokens Are Securities, Says New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority

Oct 26th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority published commentary on token offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency services. The FMA also warned of the risks associated with cryptocurrency investments.
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DEA Names Bitcoin As Tool Used To Skirt Chinese Capital Flight Regulations

Oct 25th, 2017
Adam Reese
The US government agency claims that Bitcoin has been used to illicitly remove money from the Chinese economy and warns that further value extraction is likely.
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Singapore’s Central Bank Will Not Regulate Cryptocurrency

Oct 25th, 2017
Adam Reese
The managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore has signaled that the body does not intend to directly regulate cryptocurrencies.
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New Australian Draft Legislation Would Empower FinTech Innovation

Oct 24th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the Australian government published draft legislation and regulations to create an “enhanced regulatory sandbox to support innovation in financial services.” Companies exempt from ASIC licensing requirements would be able to test a variety of FinTech activities.
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Putin Instructs Government To Prepare Legislation On Token Offerings, Cryptocurrency

Oct 24th, 2017
Adam Reese
Russian head of state Vladimir Putin has tasked his government with passing legislation that would regulate token offerings and cryptocurrency mining, and establishing legal definitions for various digital assets.
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Coin.mx Engineer Sentenced To 16 Months In Prison

Oct 23rd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, software engineer Yuri Lebedev was sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in creating Coin.mx, an unregistered bitcoin exchange that was found to have facilitated criminal activity.
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Bill In Congress Would Allow Hacked Companies To 'Hack Back'

Oct 20th, 2017
Adam Reese
A bill currently in the House of Representatives would empower hacking victims to take certain retaliatory actions against their attackers.
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CFTC Commissioner: Tokens Might ‘Transform’ From Securities Into Commodities

Oct 20th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz reportedly said that tokens may “transform” from securities into commodities. His assertion aligns with the long-held policy view of industry experts like Coin Center.