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New Israeli Bill Proposes to Consider Bitcoin as a Currency and Not an Asset
A newly-proposed bill with the legislative branch of the Israeli government Knesset submitted several changes to Bitcoin’s taxation. Instead of viewing BTC as an asset and subjecting sales to capital gains tax of 25%, the new legislation plans to recognize it as a currency.
New Proposal: Bitcoin As a Currency Not An Asset
According to a local publication, four representatives from the Yisrael Beiteinu party have presented the new bill on Tuesday. It seeks to amend the taxation of activities related to cryptocurrencies by altering the Income Tax Ordinance to view them as currencies for tax purposes.
Currently considered and recognized as assets, the sales or conversions of digital assets such as Bitcoin subject them to capital gains tax (25%). It provides taxation relief on capital gains only for short-term lenders and certain bonds-related activities as they are taxed at 15%.
However, the four reps argued that the perception of virtual assets needs reexamination. They reasoned that while cryptocurrencies are a relatively new concept, the Income Tax Ordinance hasn’t been amended in years and is falling behind the emerging new digital reality.
The four reps urged Israel to be “among the leaders” of the virtual currency field, whose merits are emphasized during this period of uncertain economic future.
Amendment In Reporting Of Digital Assets
The Knesset saw another bill proposing changes in regards to cryptocurrencies. This one sought to enable reporting of digital assets once every six months or once a year.
If accepted, this would be a significant change from the current format that requires cryptocurrency sellers to submit a tax report to authorities within 30 days of the transaction. Additionally, people need to pay an advance on the tax rate applicable to the transaction’s capital gains.
The explanatory memorandum of the proposed bill reads that “the Minister of Finance, with the approval of the Knesset Finance Committee, may accept cases in which an annual or semi-annual reporting obligation applies to property types. The submission of the report will be paid in advance in the amount of tax applicable under the provisions of the Ordinance on capital gains due to a sale.”
Manny Rosenfeld, Chairman of the Israeli Bitcoin Association, asserted that these proposed bills could enable the country to surface as a global financial center and a leader in the cryptocurrency field.
Failed Bitcoin deal lands two Indians in police custody
Two Indian nationals, Ramesh Reddy and his friend Prabakaran are now in police custody. The duo was arrested for overreacting, to the extent of threatening and extortion, because of a failed Bitcoin deal. A local news outlet, New Indian Express, reported the incident on Thursday. Fake Bitcoin deals As the local police narrated in the […]
Two Indian nationals, Ramesh Reddy and his friend Prabakaran are now in police custody. The duo was arrested for overreacting, to the extent of threatening and extortion, because of a failed Bitcoin deal. A local news outlet, New Indian Express, reported the incident on Thursday.
Fake Bitcoin deals
As the local police narrated in the report, Ramesh, who is a distributor of Ayurvedic medicines in Bengaluru, was contacted by an alleged fraudster, who only introduced himself as Naresh. He claimed to be in possession of Bitcoins worth about $4.4 million (Rs 33 crore). However, he told Ramesh that those funds are in the United States, and will give him a commission if he could help him (Naresh) move down the funds to India.
Adyar DCP V Vikraman precisely noted that “he [Naresh] promised 50 percent of that money to Ramesh, only if he found a person who could convert the online currency into Indian Rupees.” At that point, Ramesh reached out to his real estate friend, Prabakaran, on how to execute the Bitcoin deal. They later contacted and persuaded a Chennai-based techie, Mohan, to help them withdraw the funds to Indian.
Ramesh and his friend promised Mohan a one percent commission (i.e., Rs 33 lakh or $44,656) to open an e-wallet through which Bitcoins will be transferred. The money couldn’t be transferred to Indian directly because since it was in the United States, so Mohan had to create an account in the UK to moved to withdraw the money from there. However, the whole effort to execute the Bitcoin deal went sour as the money suddenly vanished, without reaching the UK nor reverting.
A sad ending
Mohan then realized that the e-wallet accounts, ‘Swift Global Pay’ and ‘Insta Merchant Pay,’ were fraudulent. Naresh, who made this entire proposal, was a fraud.
the DCP added.
Both Ramesh and Prabakaran didn’t believe the outcome of the Bitcoin deal, so they began threatening Mohan, who had to repay them the missing money from the money he borrowed using his wife’s jewels. Even at that, the duo continued threatening Mohan, who later reported them to the police, leading to the arrest of Ramesh and his friend.
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