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New York Proposes First Virtual Currency Licensing Framework

On July 17, the New York DFS announced a proposal to establish a licensing regime for virtual currency businesses, the first by any state. In January, the DFS held a two-day hearing on developing a regulatory framework for...more

International Tax News - July 2014

BITCOIN FORGES AHEAD: 3 QUICK LOOKS - Bitcoin is a decentralized peer-to-peer payment system that exists virtually and is unlimited by the constraints of countries, government or time. In an age when business leaps...more

New York Proposes First State Bitcoin Regulations

One might have thought the biggest news in the digital currency world lately was Dell announcing that it was now accepting bitcoin. However, after a series of highly-publicized hearings in January, New York State rolled out...more

Bitcoin In The News: International Reports, California Makes It Legal

Virtual and digital currencies continue to be the focus of policy makers around the globe. In addition to new reports from international bodies addressing both the benefits and risks of the currencies, California...more

Bitcoins and SAR Narratives

You probably know about Bitcoin, unless you have been living in total seclusion for the last few years. The big controversy usually centers on determining if it is legal tender. But imagine if you are confronted with a...more

New York DFS Proposes First Comprehensive Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Businesses

On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the draft “BitLicense,” a proposed regulatory framework to license Virtual Currency Business Activity. The proposed regulations follow DFS...more

Silk Road’s Ulbrecht Fails in Dismissal Bid, Court Strengthens Federal Bitcoin Enforcement

In another installment of the continuing saga surrounding the shuttering of the Silk Road online marketplace and arrest of its alleged creator and operator, Ross William Ulbricht (Ulbricht), a Southern District of New York...more

Bank of Italy warns on Bitcoin and its illegal usage

Bitcoin and its potential usage as part of money laundering crimes as well as of crimes associated with terrorism has been the subject of concerns raised by the UIF, the harm of the Bank of Italy dedicated, among others, to...more

GAO Issues Report Concerning Emerging Challenges Posed by Virtual Currencies

The Government Accountability Office (the “GAO”) issued a report concerning virtual currencies (the “Report”) to the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The Report discusses emerging...more

Bitcoin: Bringing you up to speed on a digital currency

How would you like to pay for that? Cash, credit or bitcoins? While the use of Bitcoin may not presently be widely accepted like cash or electronic funds transfers, it is undeniable that the interest and market...more

GAO Wants CFPB to Focus on Virtual Currencies

GAO issued a report discussing virtual currencies. One example of these is bitcoin, which was developed in 2009. Bitcoin and similar virtual currency systems operate over the Internet and use computer protocols and encryption...more

Trade Group White Paper Assesses Virtual Currency Landscape

On June 23, the ICBA and The Clearing House published a white paper on virtual currency that (i) defines virtual currency and describes the current regulatory environment; (ii) describes key players in the Bitcoin system...more

Mixed feelings: China censures bitcoin while Hong Kong embraces it

Last December, bitcoin prices plummeted by nearly half, after Chinese authorities banned all financial institutions and payment processor companies in China from engaging in bitcoin-related business, denominating prices in...more

Bitcoin and gaming – what legal issues?

Issues affecting Bitcoin and gaming are becoming a very frequent topic of discussion since a number of gaming websites decided to allow Bitcoin transactions and even relevant gambling regulators decided to take actions to...more

U.S. Government Begins First Ever Bitcoin Auction

As reported in our earlier post, the U.S. Government has begun its first ever auction of Bitcoins. The Bitcoins to be auctioned were seized in connection with the shutdown of the Silk Road - the "dark net" site that served as...more

Bitcoin Investment Vehicles Beware – The SEC is Watching

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites for publicly offering shares in the ventures without registering the securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the...more

Advertising News & Analysis - June 2014 #3

In this issue: - Dan Silverman Provides Analysis of POM Wonderful Decision - Senators to FTC: Knock Off Outlet Knock Offs - Understanding What Just Happened in POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola -...more

Secured Lender Protection Limited When Bitcoin is Collateral

On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas granted recognition under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code of the bankruptcy proceeding in Japan of failed bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox. Mt. Gox shut down after claiming to...more

Bitcoin Mining Firm Consistently Attaining Control of the Market

Bitcoin mining firm GHash is reportedly consistently attaining over 51% of all of the hashing power of all Bitcoin miners. As a decentralized currency, Bitcoin depends on an open ledger called the "block chain" to track every...more

US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins

The US Marshals Service (USMS) announced that it will hold an online auction on June 27 to sell bitcoins contained in wallet files seized from the servers of Silk Road, the “deep web” black market shut down by the Federal...more

Kansas Bank Commissioner Issues Virtual Currency Guidance

On June 6, the Kansas Office of State Bank Commissioner (OSBC) issued guidance on the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies under the Kansas Money Transmitter Act (KMTA). The guidance focuses on money transmission...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- May 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on ongoing investigations into Libor manipulation by Deutsche Bank; fines against Barclays stemming from manipulation of the gold market; a warning by the SEC regarding Bitcoins;...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 24

In this issue: - Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers - US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins - Investment Adviser Accused...more

Bitcoin Reportability and Taxation

June 30 is the deadline for taxpayers with a connection to foreign financial accounts to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). As this is the first year in which all FBARs must be...more

Bitcoins Do Not Require FBAR Filing

I have been posting a lot of FBAR-related posts lately. Here’s one more. There has been a question whether owners of “bitcoins” and other virtual currencies that have non-U.S. aspects, are subject to annual reporting...more

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