• 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
  • There is still a few more days left for submitting comments to the NYDFS regarding the BitLicense, but for some Australian Bitcoin companies it is already too late. The Living Room of Satoshi has suspended all operations in light of the recent goods and services tax (GST) ruling on bitcoin. The Living Room of Satoshi was “a simple, secure way to pay your everyday Australian bills (electricity, rego, phone, credit card, etc) with bitcoin.” Unfortunately,

    Australia Government Taxes Bitcoin

    | 2014/10/17 5:33 am
  • Last week, Philippine Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco caused a buzz within the crypto community by proposing the country’s first digital currency, an altcoin entitled E-Peso or Electronic Peso. The E-Peso is the electronic equivalent of the paper peso. All rights, obligations, attributes and characteristics accruing to the paper peso shall also accrue to the E-Peso.

    Philippine Government proposes its own Crypto Currency

    | 2014/10/13 7:14 pm
  • Russia is considering banning the use of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, and the new laws may be ready by next spring. It seems that the cross-border nature of virtual currencies, along with the fact that transactions take place anonymously and that there’s no supervisory body are bothering regulators. They believe that makes currencies such as Bitcoins perfect for illegal transactions, ranging from funding terrorism, purchases of illicit goods to money laundering. Off course this

    Russia plans to ban virtual currencies by 2015

    | 2014/09/15 12:14 am
  • Last 17th July 2014, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has officially released its proposed BitLicense regulations, governing virtual currency firms doing business with New York residents or operating in New York. This was the first proposed regulatory framework designed specifically towards virtual currencies. The bitcoin community and businesses dealing with crypto currencies should be aware that during the 45-day comment period, they have the opportunity to provide feedback and request clarification

    Bitcoin community is rising against BitLicense

    | 2014/08/12 3:48 am
  • The Russian government prepares to ban crypto currencies. As stated by the Russian news express RIA Novosti, the Russian Finance Ministry is planning on legislating against the use of crypto currencies. The Russian Finance Ministry is issuing a proposal to prohibit the use and operations with money substitutes and value transmitters such as digital currencies. The Ministry is also considering not just prohibiting crypto currencies, but also to bring criminal responsibility to companies and individuals

    Russia Plans to ban crypto currencies

    | 2014/08/02 9:40 pm
  • New York City Attempts to Shut Down Bitcoin Ben Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services at the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced on reddit today New York’s proposed new regulatory framework for virtual currencies. The regulations will be formally published in the July 23, 2014 edition of the New York State Register – which starts a 45-day public comment period. A copy is available here on the DFS website. A summary of

    New York City Attempts to Shut Down Bitcoin

    | 2014/07/17 7:59 pm
  • In the first ever operation, French police have shut down an illegal Bitcoin exchange, and in the process seizing 328 “virtual currency units” worth around 200,00 Euros, or $272,800 at current exchange rates. According to Reuters, two people in the Riveria coastal cities of Cannes and Nice were placed under investigation Friday, under the suspicion they were running a website that illegally sold and lent Bitcoin to its users. In a raid that happened last week

    French police dismantle illegal Bitcoin exchange, seize Bitcoin

    | 2014/07/08 6:10 pm
  • Good news for Bitcoin Hodlers! An Internal Revenue Service official (IRS) has stated that taxpayers are not required to report Bitcoin holdings on FinCEN Form 114(Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts or FBAR). This is quite short notice, considering the deadline for FBAR filing is June 30th, so I imagine many people have filed already. Now before you all proclaim that “USA has given up! No taxes on Bitcoin!” or something along those lines,

    No Taxes: IRS States no FBAR Reporting

    | 2014/06/05 11:55 pm
  • The Bitcoin Foundation Canada welcomes the publication of a report on Bitcoin regulation in Canada, entitled “How should Bitcoin be regulated?”  The growing interest of Canada’s economic community towards Bitcoin is proof that this new technology provides a credible alternative to traditional monetary and banking systems. Government intervention is not required for Bitcoin to develop and become accepted by the Canadian public. The Bitcoin network is completely decentralized and it simply cannot be subjected to

    Bitcoin regulation: Bitcoin Foundation Canada comments Montreal Economic Institute report

    | 2014/05/30 11:23 am
  • The Bank of Canada has come out with a very bold statement, stating that Bitcoin adopted could destabilize global finance. Bank of Canada extends even further than that, including all other digital currencies in spectrum, such as Facebook credits, Amazon coins, and World of Warcraft gold just to name a few. Bank of Canada wasn’t all hate however, acknowledging the potential benefits of faster transaction times, less fees, etc. they do feel that in Bitcoins

    A Bold Statement from Bank Of Canada!

    | 2014/05/21 3:00 pm
  • BEIJING: Several hundred people attended China’s first Bitcoin summit here, defying the government’s crackdown on the digital currency. Venture capitalist Li Xiaolai, who organised the conference this weekend, dismissed the suggestion that Beijing would ultimately outlaw the use of digital currencies in the mainland. “Thailand has already banned Bitcoin, so has Russia. But who cares if China bans it as long as everyone knows the whole world can’t ban it,” Hong Kong-based South China Morning

    Hundreds attend China’s first Bitcoin meet, defy government warning

    | 2014/05/11 11:40 am
  • So how does bitcoin smell to you? We know it is a dumb question as it is a virtual currency that has no smell. We from now on it kinda has with Bitcologne. According to BitCologne, an “aromatic blend of spicy, floral, oak and citrus notes.” Yes, bitcoin, the virtual currency accepted by everyone from gunmakers to members of Congress, has its own cologne. The above ad would be funnier in black and white, possibly with two half-naked

    BitCologne: Virtual Currency Now Has Its Very Own Fragrance

    | 2014/05/10 5:37 pm