• After an aborted closure of BTCGuild, when BitLicense was first announced, the company’s owner has now decided to close it for good on June 30, 2015.  With NYDFS using BitLicense to try and regulate businesses inside and outside of NY, the closure comes as no surprise; the owner has stated before he will not put miners and himself through the invasive and vague regulatory hassles. Even after the release of the final BitLicense draft —

    BTCGuild Shuts Down Because of BitLicense

    | 2015/06/16 2:12 am
  • Recently, Ben Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released the final draft of the infamous BitLicense. This piece of regulation would place a set of restrictive requirements upon Bitcoin businesses operating in new york. The most controversial of the code’s stipulations include fingerprinting company employees, monitoring customer activity, and strict capital requirements. Also read: Bitcoinist Assistant Editor’s Formal BitLicense Comment This final version of BitLicense is the third draft

    The Final BitLicense: Revisions and Reactions From The Industry

    | 2015/06/15 2:00 pm
  • The Bitcoin regulation in New York will be affecting many digital currency companies for quite some time to come. And by the looks of it, one company is already halting all of their services in the state of New York, as a protest against the BitLicense regulation. ShapeShift feels the time has come to take a stand against this “immoral and unethical” regulation of Bitcoin. Also read: New York’s BitLicense Faces Competition From Rand Paul

    ShapeShift.io Refutes BitLicense, Halts Services in New York Area

    | 2015/06/11 6:38 pm
  • In July 2014, the National Assembly of Ecuador banned Bitcoin and decentralized digital currencies while establishing guidelines for the creation of a new, state-run currency, not a lot of people had thought the country would move so fast on the initiative. However, now Ecuador’s e-money initiative is about to see wider institutional involvement following a government directive. Also read: BlockTrail Acquires Social Messaging App SendChat In a mandate in Resolution 064-2015-M, released on May 25

    Ecuador’s e-Money Initiative Outlaws Bitcoin, Makes Mandatory for Banks to Follow Dictate

    | 2015/06/10 8:00 am
  • In New Jersey, two legislators have brought a bill to the state legislature (A4478) that will create a regulatory framework for Bitcoin-related companies. Both the legislators and some in the Bitcoin community have touted the bill as a positive step towards bringing the cryptocurrency to the mainstream. Also read: 12charge Allows You to Pay for Utilities and More With Bitcoin A4478, alternatively titled the “Digital Currency Jobs Creation Act,” was introduced with the purpose of

    Legislators to Introduce Pro-Bitcoin Bill in New Jersey

    | 2015/06/03 3:00 pm
  • California’s assembly committee on banking and finance has approved a bill that would regulate cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin in a similar fashion to New York’s controversial BitLicense. Dubbed AB-1326 Virtual Currency, the legislation is now headed to the appropriations committee before reaching a vote on the assembly floor. Also Read: California Bitcoin Bill May Pose Problems For Startups The bill would make it a crime in California to operate a virtual currency business without first

    California Banking and Finance Committee OK’s Bitcoin Bill

    | 2015/05/01 2:00 pm
  • Australia has been one of the frontrunners in terms of regulating digital currency, which has proven to be a very difficult task if you want to do it properly. At the end of 2014, a decision was made to tax Bitcoin in such a way that a fee would have to be paid when sending funds to pay for goods or services, and another fee would be invoked for providing an intermediary service for customers.

    Additional GST For Bitcoin And Digital Currencies in Australia?

    | 2015/04/21 7:00 pm
  • This week on the Bitcoin Taxes series, we will be discussing a quality service that connects professionals in the world of digital currency with clients that have specific needs. The Digital Currency Council (DCC), is a great organization for professionals looking to specialize in a certain area of digital currency and for clients that are seeking specific advice. While it’s probably too late for using the service for reporting this year’s taxable income and capital

    Bitcoin Taxes: The Professionals, The Digital Currency Council

    | 2015/04/14 8:00 am
  • At least three states in the US may soon allow bitcoin to be used to pay taxes. The State of New Hampshire, New York and Utah have been considering introducing a bill that would make this possible. Each of these states have come up with their own slightly different versions on why this could be a great option and what would be the benefits.

    Some US States Have Plans to Enable Tax Payments with Bitcoin

    | 2015/04/07 3:00 pm
  • The UK government plans on regulating digital currency exchanges in an effort to support technological innovation while preventing criminal use of such technologies. In a document released along side the announcement of the 2015 budget, the Treasury stated that they intended to apply anti-money laundering regulation to digital currency exchanges within the UK.  Also read: Bitcoin Taxes: Working for Bitcoin The Treasury plans to seek consultation later this year to gather views on how the

    UK Plans to Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges

    | 2015/03/20 5:00 pm
  • Welcome back to Bitcoin Taxes, our special series over Bitcoin taxation with Mr. Daniel Winters. This week, we will be talking about what you should do when you work for Bitcoin rather than fiat currency. As a reminder, be sure to read last week’s article which covered the basics of Bitcoin taxation within the United States if you have not done so already. Each week we will build upon the previous article to cover a

    Bitcoin Taxes: Working for Bitcoin

    | 2015/03/19 8:00 am
  • Want to start a new Bitcoin business in California? A new legislative proposal may make you think twice. On February 27, 2015 AB 1326, was introduced by Matt Dababneh as part of the Money Transmission Act. As an Assembly member, Matt Dababneh represents the Banking and Finance Committee as Chairman. He and the state of California want you to pay $5,000 just to start your business and be considered a legal operation. Also Read:  OP-ED:

    California Bitcoin Bill May Pose Problems For Startups

    | 2015/03/12 9:00 pm
  • This author’s views do not necessarily reflect those of Bitcoinist.net. In early February, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released their revised BitLicense proposal to the public. This revision took place following a 90 day public commenting period for the first BitLicense draft held by the department during the latter part of 2014. Recently, the Department has opened up an additional 30-day commenting period for the revised draft, in which anyone can submit

    Bitcoinist Assistant Editor’s Formal BitLicense Comment

    | 2015/03/09 3:00 pm
  • This author’s views do not necessarily reflect those of Bitcoinist.net. Right now, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) is holding a 30-day public commenting period for the revised draft of its BitLicense regulation. By now, everyone in the Bitcoin community probably knows what BitLicense is; all cryptocurrency businesses in the state of New York that fall under the regulation’s jurisdiction must apply for a special license in order to operate in the state.

    OP-ED: BitLicense’s Superficial Changes

    | 2015/03/08 12:00 pm
  • In the summer of 2014 Coinbase, a bitcoin wallet and exchange service, proposed changes to the BitLicense draft, which was proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). The bill was opened up to a 30-day comment period at which time Coinbase submitted a 15 page proposal for changes to the draft. In December, the NYDFS’s released its revised BitLicense, and while many agree it’s a step in the right direction, Coinbase

    BitLicense: Breaking Down the Revisions

    | 2015/03/03 9:00 pm
  • Italy recently declared that it would not tax digital currencies like Bitcoin. This is a great step in the right direction for the entire Bitcoin community because it opens up the market for Bitcoin usage. Small, medium and big businesses can accept Bitcoin without the fear of the Italian tax office coming after them for accepting the digital currency as payment for their services and/or products. This ruling also means that crypto exchanges will not be

    Bitcoin Regulation Perception: Italy

    | 2015/03/03 8:00 am
  • The ambitions of a Melbourne-based bitcoin mining pool, Bitcoin Group, to go public has have have been put on hold by the country’s regulators. The company announced back in October of 2014 that they are pursuing an IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), around to the Sydney Morning Herald. But a stop order on pre-prospectus publications by the mining company has been issued by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), has put a

    Australian Regulators Issue Stop Order For Bitcoin Mining Company’s Pre-Prospectus Publications

    | 2015/02/13 4:24 pm
  • Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) is a 100-year-old trade organization for state regulators that primarily concerns itself with representing state regulators interests and dealing with issues facing the industry to federal and state authorities. One of their primary invitations is advocating consistent regulations among the financial industry from state to state. The organization announced a new focus on emerging financial technologies in February of 2014. They formed a task force for emerging payment systems

    Bitcoin Regulation Is Still Far Away For America

    | 2014/12/31 9:00 pm
  • According to the news I received, Bitcoin will be taxed in Australia. The Spokesperson for the Australian government explains it as such: “A transfer of Bitcoin from one entity to another is a ‘supply’ for GST purposes. Basically, there is a supply/demand and as such it is liable for taxation. The exclusion from the definition of supply for supplies of money does not apply to Bitcoin because Bitcoin is not ‘money’ for the purposes of

    Bitcoin in Australia: TAXED!

    | 2014/12/21 3:00 pm
  • Bitcoin is starting to become a household name when speaking of online payments and its expansion is spreading not only through the United States, but throughout the world. Latin America, however, seems to be embracing it while other countries seem to resent the idea of decentralization. News from Paraguay is that the first Bitcoin ATM will be installed in a restaurant named “Be Okay” meaning that the restaurant becomes the first business in Paraguay to

    “Be Okay” installs the first Bitcoin ATM in Paraguay

    | 2014/11/19 9:37 am
  • The second country that we will take a closer look at is the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man is  nestled between Ireland, England,Wales and Scotland. It has been a haven for online gambling companies for a couple of years now. However The Isle of Man is looking toward the future like an open minded country should. There has been quite a storm about the Isle of Man’s decision to become a “pro digital

    Pro Bitcoin countries: Isle of Man.

    | 2014/11/18 8:00 pm
  • Last week some of us at Bitcoinist.net got together and did a brainstorm session. Among the many things we discussed was the topic of having a “status quaestionis” series of articles on the “pro” digital currency governments in the world. We will focus in on providing unbiased information, which is the modus operandi of every professional news site like Bitcoinist and others, and give a balanced opinion that will look at both sides of the

    A bitcoinist special: “Pro Bitcoin” governments. Belgium.

    | 2014/11/04 3:54 pm