Internal revenue service (IRS) in United States has released new guidelines regarding Taxation of Crypto currencies as crypto market is giving massive gains to investors.
IRS has stated that only 800 Americans have stated their gains from Crypto market in their Tax filings thorough 2013-2015
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the revenue service of the United States federal government. The government agency is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, and is under the immediate direction of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, who is appointed to a five-year term by the President of the United States. The IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and administering the Internal Revenue Code, the main body of federal statutory tax law of the United States. The duties of the IRS include providing tax assistance to taxpayers and pursuing and resolving instances of erroneous or fraudulent tax filings. (Source Wikipedia)
Rise of US investors in Crypto Market
Crypto Market is on the rise and everyone wants to be a part of it, investors wants to include Crypto currencies in their investment portfolios to increase their gains, US bitcoin exchanges are reporting staggering numbers as they are adding thousands of new clients on daily basis, Coinbase, which is one of the well known US exchanges was recently ranked into top 10 on the app store beating companies like Netflix, which shows the growth of Crypto currencies in United States.
IRS is worried about Tax evasions through Crypto currencies
It is estimated that millions of U.S. taxpayer bitcoin/transactions have occurred, yet the IRS has stated that only 800 Americans had reported their bitcoin gains from 2013 through 2015.
Taking notice of what appears to be widespread tax noncompliance, the IRS is pursuing enforcement actions, and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division believes that virtual currency has increasingly become a tax evasion issue. Consequently, the tax defense community can expect more enforcement actions in the future.
In that regard, the IRS recently caused a U.S. District Court in San Francisco to issue a “John Doe Summons” to the Coinbase virtual currency exchange. The Coinbase summons seeks a wide variety of records including, for example, taxpayer identities for all of its customers engaging in transactions of $20,000 or more from 2013 to 2015, transaction logs, and correspondence. Accordingly, taxpayers using virtual currency transactions involving Coinbase who are not in tax compliance should consult experienced criminal tax counsel as soon as possible for advice.
With respect to the substantive tax aspects of crypto virtual currency, the IRS addressed emerging issues of the growing digital economies and how existing general tax principles apply to transactions using virtual currency to pay for goods or services, or held for investment when it issued IRS Notice 2014-21.
IRS Notice 2014-21 begins by acknowledging that virtual currency that has an equivalent value in real currency, or that acts as a substitute for real currency, is referred to as convertible virtual currency. Bitcoin is one example of a convertible virtual currency – Bitcoin can be digitally traded between users and can be purchased for, or exchanged into, U.S. dollars, Euros, and other real or virtual currencies.
The Notice goes on to state that in general, the sale or exchange of convertible virtual currency or the use of convertible virtual currency to pay for goods or services in a real-world economy transaction has tax consequences that may result in a tax liability.
So for those people in United states who has been part of the Crypto market for some time and haven’t mentioned the gains in their Tax returns need to show their gains and pay taxes in order to avoid any legal issue as Government is looking forward to monitor all the crypto related activities.
52% of ICO’s failed in 2017
According to the data compiled by Fabric ventures and Token Data, 52% of ICO’s failed in year 2017, and only 48% of them were successful.
A Total of $5.6 billion was raised by ICO’s in 2017, making it the most beneficial year for ICO founders ever, although project success ratio has dropped.
Number of successful ICO’s in 2017 were 435 with average funding of $12.7 million
10 largest projects raised 25% of total ICO’s funding
worrying sign is that return on investment for new investors in the market is on downtrend.
Venture capital fund Fabric Ventures and cryptocurrency data provider TokenData shared the figure in their “State of the Token Market” report. 2017 saw a huge boom in companies raising money by issuing their own digital currencies, which are structured similarly to bitcoin, in return for funds to build their business. These “coins” can then be traded freely on online exchanges, offering greater liquidity to investors than traditional equity investment.
“More than $5.6 billion of capital was raised in 2017 according to the metrics used by the TokenData team,” the report says. “This compares to $1 billion of ‘traditional’ venture investing in blockchain startups in the same time frame and a ‘mere’ $240 million raised by token sales in 2016.”
Fabric Ventures and TokenData found 435 successful ICOs out of an attempted 913 last year — meaning just 48% were successful.
The average amount raised was $12.7 million but the report notes: “Collectively, the 10 largest sales raised close to $1.4 billion and roughly 25% of the total capital raised in 2017.”
Almost a third of funding went towards blockchain infrastructure projects. The biggest ICO of last year was Filecoin, a project to build a decentralized data storage solution based on the blockchain. The project raised $257 million in September.
The majority of people investing in these ICO projects have been retail or small-time investors but institutions are increasingly looking at ICOs due to their eye-catching returns.
Berlin: The Crypto Capital of Europe
When it comes to spending crypto currencies in real life, it seems that Berliners are way ahead of entire Europe in terms of usage of crypto currencies.
Guardian referred Berlin as Bitcoin capital of Europe back in 2013, and it seems like with the passage of time Berliners are getting more into crypto currencies.
Nowadays people can buy an apartment, book holidays, eat and drink in a number of trendy bars and even pay for further education using the controversial cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
One of the first universities in Germany to accept Bitcoin as a mean of payment is the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). The ESMT Berlin EMBA is ranked highly in the world for career progress and first started accepting Bitcoin payments in December 2016.
Georg Garlichs, CFO of ESMT explains that Bitcoin is a decentralized virtual peer-to-peer currency and can now be used for all payments to ESMT. The institution also accepts Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash and many other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. “Similar to an SMS, the digital currency enables worldwide money transfers within a few minutes without involving a bank. ESMT is an innovative and future-oriented business school,” says Garlichs.
Niels Göttsch is the owner of Leuchtstoff Kaffeebar in Berlin which introduced Bitcoin payments in 2012 and has been fascinated by cryptocurrencies for a very long time. Why? Göttsch explains the idea of having a currency that doesn’t need an authority and therefore cannot be controlled by any state or company as one reason.
“There’s no political decisions in there. The algorithm is transparent to everybody,” says Göttsch.
Göttsch explains the second reason is that nobody can control Bitcoin payments. “First it is pseudo-anonymous, it’s hard to track user data. Second is you don’t need a bank that charges random fees. It is international and can be transferred to local money in every country you are in.”
Leuchtstoff Kaffeebar also accepts Ether as a form of payment. Do many customers use the Bitcoin and Ether payment services? Göttsch says: “It was more in 2012. Now with the high fees it’s not that common anymore.”
Networking is key in the crypto scene and Berlin’s tech scene has a strong, vibrant community. Developers, anarchists, libertarians, cypherpunks and would-be entrepreneurs have all been rubbing shoulders at bars in Berlin where you can pay with Bitcoin and where everyone is open to talking about crypto.
32 Cryptocurrencies with market cap of over $1 Billion
Market cap is one of the most important indicators to know the worth of any cryptcurrency,Boom of 2017 in crypto market lead many crypto currencies to reach different milestones. One of the most important targets for any crypto currency is to reach the target of $1 billion, and that’s what happened with 32 cryptocurrencies.
According to coinmarketcap, there are 32 different cryptocurrencies with market cap of over $1 billion
Bitcoin and Ethereum leading the market cap
Bitcoin is still the most valuable crypto currency in the world with market cap of over $190 billion, followed by ethereum ($110 billion) , so both these crypto currencies hold more than $300 billion in market cap out of total $580 billion, so Bitcoin and Ethereum are leading the number game in crypto market.
Here’s the list of 32 crypto currencies with market cap of over $1 billion
- Bitcoin ($190 billion)
- Ethereum ($110 billion)
- Ripple ($50 billion)
- Bitcoin Cash ($27 billion)
- Cardano ($14 billion)
- NEO ($10 billion)
- Stellar ($9.8 billion)
- Litecoin ($9.7 billion)
- EOS ($8.1 billion)
- NEM ($7.9 billion)
- IOTA ($6.7 billion)
- Dash ($6 billion)
- Monero ($4.8 billion)
- Tron ($3.9 billion)
- Icon ($3.6 billion)
- Ethereum Classic ($3 billion)
- Qtum ($3 billion)
- BitcoinGold ($3 billion)
- Vechain ($2.8 billion)
- Lisk ($2.6 billion)
- RaiBlocks ($2.5 billion)
- Populous ($2.5 billion)
- Tether ($2.2 billion)
- OmiseGo ($1.7 billion)
- Stratus ($1.4 billion)
- Zcash ($1.3 billion)
- Steem ($1.3 billion)
- Bytecoin ($1.2 billion)
- Siacoin ($1.2 billion)
- Binance Coin ($1.2 billion)
- Bitshares ($1.1 billion)
- Verge ($1.1 billion)
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