The Swiss municipality of Zermatt will now officially accept Bitcoin payments for tax and other official transactions, according to a January 29 press release from Bitcoin Suisse, which is providing the POS solution Zermatt needs to manage digital asset payments at the city’s offices.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore issued a press release today announcing that the Payment Services Act (PS Act) is now in effect. The law, designed to provide a more effective regulatory framework for Singapore’s payment systems, extends the central bank’s regulatory authority to cover emerging payment systems like digital asset services.
That World Economic Forum has announced the creation of a global consortium to develop a governance framework for digital assets. In a press release on Friday, the WEF said that the Global Consortium for Digital Currency Governance will work on creating interoperable, inclusive policy solutions to help make the financial system more inclusive.
Hawaii’s Senate is now considering a new bill that would allow the state’s banks to provide digital asset custody services. The bill was introduced a week ago, received its first reading on January 21, and has now been referred to two committees: Consumer Protection and Health, and Judiciary and Commerce.
With tax season almost here, tax preparation service H&R Block is advising its customers to accurately report their crypto dealings when they file their returns. As Yahoo Finance reports, those customers should be aware that the IRS is explicitly asking about crypto asset activities for the first time.
Alleged Bitcoin fraudster Alexander Vinnik’s attempt to annul a recent extradition order has failed, according to the Greek Reporter. The Greek Council of State has ruled that Minister of Justice Constantinos Tsiaras had the authority and discretion to order Vinnik’s extradition to France.
A recent HSB survey of small and medium-sized enterprises across the United States found that 36 percent of those businesses now accept cryptocurrency payments for their goods and services. In a press release, HSB also confirmed that 59 percent of respondent companies said that they’ve even purchased cryptocurrency.
Bank of England deputy governor Sir John Cunliffe will reportedly co-chair a central bank working group created to explore the potential benefits and risks of central bank digital currencies, The Guardian reports. The group’s efforts are the latest in a series of responses to Facebook’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency project from officials across the globe.
The UK has opened a new contract seeking proposals for a software tool that can track Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies that might be used for illicit purposes. According to a report from The Next Web, HM Revenue and Customs plans to prioritize bids from developers who offer tools that can also track the use of Dash, Zcash, and Monero.
Officials in the Turkish municipality of Konya are reportedly working to develop and launch a municipal digital currency they’re calling City Coin, Uzmancoin reports. The city’s mayor, Uğur İbrahim Altay, confirmed that the government plans to use the new currency for tax collection and trading.
The Reserve Bank of Australia has confirmed that it has been testing a simulated central bank digital currency to determine its usefulness for intrabank settlement of customer payments. While the central bank continues to question the need for a CBDC in Australia, it apparently plans to continue its experiments, Ledger Insight reports.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced charges against two individuals and two businesses accused of conducting a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). According to the SEC complaint, one of the defendants, convicted felon Boaz Manor, used a disguise and alias to conceal his identity.
U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced the Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives today, digital asset advocacy group Coin Center reports. The bill is a revised version of a 2017 proposal and would create a de minimis tax exemption for small cryptocurrency transactions.
In recent years, the United Arab Emirates has been aggressively pursuing emerging technologies like blockchain as it works to become a hub for tech innovation. A new whitepaper suggests that the UAE’s efforts to adopt blockchain technology could net as much as $3 billion in savings each year.
WisdomTree is planning to introduce a regulated stablecoin in the United States, according to reports from Financial News. The company will reportedly seek approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as it moves to compete with other financial giants in the emerging digital asset sector.
Cryptocurrency exchange giant Coinbase has reportedly agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by former users of the now-defunct Cryptsy exchange, Coindesk reported today. Court documents suggest that the exchange will settle the suit with a $962,500 transfer to an escrow agent charged with handling claims.
Japan’s Financial Services Agency intends to implement a new rule that would place limits on leverage in digital asset margin trading, The Japan Times reports. The Times’ sources confirmed that the rule will be inserted in the language of a new Cabinet Office order related to changes in the country’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Act.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced Friday that it will be supervising the digital asset industry’s compliance with anti-money-laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist-financing (CTF) requirements.
In South Korea, the Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PCFIR) has come out in support of institutional acceptance of digital assets, urging the government to permit the financial industry to launch crypto-derivatives and other cryptocurrency products, local news outlet Business Korea reports.
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde recently indicated that she’s still open to the idea of an ECB-issued digital currency. During an interview with the French magazine Challenges, Lagarde suggested that the bank would continue to explore cryptocurrency technology’s potential benefits for maintaining citizens’ access to currency as demand for physical cash diminishes over time.