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Cryptocurrencies – Latest Developments on Either Side of the Atlantic and Beyond

Cryptocurrencies – Latest Developments on Either Side of the Atlantic and Beyond

The issues raised by virtual currency and the underlying blockchain technology affect tax law, transfer pricing, regulatory rules, civil law accounting rules, and valuation. The issues in all these areas share one common goal: protection of users and investors through the prevention of fraud and abuse. Beate Erwin explains recent guidance by the Financial Action Task Force in this area and the likely effect of the guidance on national laws around the world.

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Blockchain 101

Blockchain 101

Blockchain has been in the spotlight since early 2017, mostly due to the 2017 surge in cryptocurrency values and the rise of initial coin offerings (“I.C.O.’s”). Many legal advisors have clients who use or wish to use blockchain in their businesses, and yet, the actual technology is often not discussed in the legal field. In a series of Q&A’s, Fanny Karaman and Galia Antebi explain the rationale behind blockchain technology and reasons for its reliability. Because blockchain is a decentralized system with inherent proof of work built into the program, it can eliminate the need for intermediaries, such as banks, lawyers, and brokers. Advisers should be aware of the benefits of the technology, as well as its potential for disrupting the legal landscape.

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Insights Vol. 5 No. 6: Updates & Other Tidbits

Insights Vol. 5 No. 6: Updates & Other Tidbits

This month, Neha Rastogi and Nina Krauthamer look at several interesting updates and tidbits, including (i) an I.R.S. notice that addresses legislative workarounds to limitations on deductions for state and local tax payments effective in 2018, (ii) new rules under Code §83(i), which allow a qualified employee to defer income attributable to stock received in connection with the exercise of an option or the settlement of a restricted stock unit (“R.S.U.”), and (iii) a call for guidance regarding cryptocurrency accounting.

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Vol. 5 No. 5: Updates and Other Tidbits

Vol. 5 No. 5: Updates and Other Tidbits

This month, Rusudan Shervashidze and Nina Krauthamer look at several interesting updates and tidbits, including (i) limited relief for transition tax, (ii) a new twist to phishing that involves fake I.R.S. calls, (iii) another twist on phony correspondence requesting W-8BEN information that is used to obtain persona information often used by banks to confirm identities of customers, and (iv) new FinCEN money transmitter rules that apply to I.C.O.’s.

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Tax 101: Virtual Currency – What Is It? And How Is It Taxed?

Tax 101: Virtual Currency – What Is It? And How Is It Taxed?

With the recent launch of Bitcoin futures trading, this once obscure asset class may soon become a mainstream investment.  Alev Fanny Karaman delves into the details of virtual currency in the U.S. context.  She explains the blockchain computations that make Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies attractive to investors and the U.S. tax treatment and reporting obligations of virtual currency holders.

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