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Swiss Canton of Zug To Accept Taxes in Bitcoin, Ethereum

The Swiss Canton of Zug is becoming even more crypto-friendly, making it possible to pay taxes with Bitcoin and Ethereum.

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  • The Swiss Canton of Zug will accept Bitcoin and Ethereum as tax payments from 2021.
  • It’s partnering up with Zug-based crypto broker Bitcoin Suisse for the effort.
  • The development comes months after another Swiss canton starting accepting Bitcoin payments for taxes.

Citizens of the crypto-friendly region Canton of Zug in Switzerland can now pay their taxes using Bitcoin and Ethereum, according to a press release today.

The self-styled “crypto valley” is home to many crypto trading firms, exchanges, crypto banks, blockchain companies, and even the Ethereum Foundation, the non-profit entity that oversees the Ethereum network. And now, it’s taking its crypto aspirations a step ahead.

“Tax settlement by means of cryptocurrency will be available to both companies and private individuals up to an amount of 100,000 Swiss francs ($109,670),” the Zug canton said in a statement on Thursday.

To make this possible, the region has partnered with Zug-based crypto broker Bitcoin Suisse AG, which will convert the Bitcoin or Ethereum into Swiss francs and then transfer the amount to the state.

Bitcoin Suisse founder Niklas Nikolajsen said the crypto market has grown too big to ignore, and that he sees more crypto adoption in the traditional quarters. “Everybody cares about a $0.5 trillion market. There’s almost nothing controversial about trading Bitcoin anymore. It’s completely mainstream,” said Nikolajsen.

He added in a statement to news outlet Bloomberg, “With Bitcoin rallying during the pandemic and experts saying it could even act as an inflation hedge, the industry’s bellwethers might change their minds again.”

The Zug region offers low corporate taxes for all companies and has been accepting Bitcoin payments for certain government services since 2016, making it an attractive destination for crypto entrepreneurs. 

But crypto’s not all it’s doing. Zug even held Switzerland’s first blockchain-based municipal ballot in a test in 2018 and piloted a digital identity project using the technology in 2019. Clearly there’s more to come.

Source: https://decrypt.co/40725/swiss-canton-of-zug-to-accept-taxes-in-bitcoin-ethereum

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Five Reasons Ethereum Has Entered a New Bull Market

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Ethereum is currently retracting sharply from its previous and 30-month peak of $620. Even with a decline of around $100 to today’s prices of $525, ETH is still up over 300% since the beginning of the year.

The confirmed genesis of the long-awaited Beacon Chain, which is Phase 0 of the even longer awaited Serenity ETH 2.0 upgrade, has no doubt driven momentum but it is not the only strong point for Ethereum.

Over 5 Reasons to be Bullish on Ethereum

DTC Capital’s Spencer Noon has pulled out a few key charts to back up the notion that we are definitely in a bull run for Ethereum.

Active addresses on the network are the first metric as it now has just under 500,000 per day. This is almost double what it was at the same time last year.

In terms of fees paid, Ethereum dwarfs everything else in the crypto space with 80 billion gas now being used on a daily basis. The analyst exclaimed that this is;

“A clear sign that it is the most useful network in the world.”

Over $16 billion in stablecoins have now been issued on Ethereum, a figure that has gone parabolic since the start of this year which is a sign that there is a major demand for digital dollars.

The DeFi effect has been huge as, despite a number of rivals and ‘killers’ emerging this year, Ethereum remains the foundation of the entire ecosystem. Ethereum’s largest use case has gone parabolic as there are now ten times more DeFi users than there were a year ago.

Total value locked across the DeFi space has surged almost 2000% since the beginning of 2020 to reach $14 billion with five billion dollar plus protocols which is a sign that the space is maturing.

And There’s More …

The amount of Bitcoin tokenized on Ethereum is also at record highs with 152,000 BTC, or $2.7 billion worth at today’s prices wrapped on the Ethereum network.

The DEX effect cannot be overlooked either as decentralized exchanges on Ethereum have done $20 billion in volume over the last 30 days. This has brought their combined total to $86 billion this year;

“A sign that DEXs can compete with the top centralized exchanges.”

As reported by CryptoPotato, Ethereum social sentiment and searches are also at their highest levels since early 2018 as the mainstream media and the masses start paying attention.

This latest pullback may settle below $500, but there is little doubt it will provide a buying zone for ETH which still has a long way to go.

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Coinbase CEO Fears Rumored Regulations Proposed By The Trump Administration

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Coinbase’s CEO Brian Armstrong has sent a letter to the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin regarding new rumored regulations on self-hosted cryptocurrency wallets. Armstrong believes that if implemented, the new legislation could harm users and, ultimately, the role of the US in the cryptocurrency financial field.

New Regulations On Self-Hosted Crypto Wallets?

The CEO of the largest US-based digital asset exchange took it to Twitter to outline the potential importance of these regulations if indeed implemented. The rumors indicate that the current Treasury Secretary Mnuchin plans to make them official before the end of his term.

Armstrong explained that self-hosted cryptocurrency wallets (also referred to as non-custodial or self-custody wallets) are “a type of software that lets individuals store and use their own cryptocurrency, instead of needing to rely on a third-party financial institution.”

They enable users to access basic financial services through this technology – “just like anyone can use a computer or smartphone to access the open market.”

Should the proposed regulations become official, they would require financial institutions, including Coinbase, to verify the recipient (owner) of the self-hosted wallet. Meaning, it would collect identifying information on that party before completing the transaction.

According to Armstrong, such requirements would lead to several potential issues because “it is often impractical to collect identifying information on a recipient in the crypto-economy.”

Some of those issues could affect users that send cryptocurrencies to various merchants online or to other people in emerging markets, where “it is difficult or impossible to collect meaningful know-your-customer information.”

Even simpler transactions like upvoting some content on Reddit or transferring an item in a game would also require the verification of the recipient, which makes the process prolonged and complicated.

The US Will Suffer The Most

Armstrong believes that the impact of these “barriers” would prompt US-based users to initiate fewer transactions. This would “effectively create a walled garden for crypto financial services in the US, cutting us from innovation happening in the rest of the world.”

US customers would turn to foreign cryptocurrency companies to access such services, which could put the country’s status as a financial hub at risk in the long-run.

“If this crypto regulation comes out, it would be a terrible legacy and have long-standing negative impacts for the US. In the early days of the internet, there were people who called for it to be regulated like to phone companies. Thank goodness they didn’t.” – added Armstrong.

He also asserted that Coinbase and other cryptocurrency companies have sent a letter to the Treasury last week to articulate these concerns. However, he hasn’t specified if the Treasury has responded in any way yet.

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Cointelegraph Consulting: Overwhelming bullish sentiment once again proves costly

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According to data collected from 1000+ crypto social media channels, the average crowd sentiment towards Bitcoin adapted from slightly bullish to overwhelmingly bullish over the days leading up to Thursday’s dramatic pullback, mirroring the levels previously observed during its May and August price tops, respectively. 

The latest findings by Santiment, published in Cointelegraph Consulting’s biweekly newsletter, indicated that with both short-term and long-term Bitcoin holders in a position of +15% and +63% profit, the likelihood of profit-taking became high. To make matters more ominous, the funding rate on Bitcoin’s derivatives market was at a three month high on Bitmex, Kraken, and Binance. The funding rate is the price paid by one side of perpetual contracts to the other, helping to keep the price of contracts trading close to the underlying reference price. A large funding rate is a sign that there is a large increase in long predictions on the exchanges, which can accelerate the frequency of mass-liquidations in the event of a price correction.

Other news from around the legislative and enterprise blockchain world showed fashion is becoming a target for blockchain solutions with VeChain powering a streetwear collection and IBM reaching a partnership with a textile giant. Japanese financial giant SBI announced their Bitcoin lending service, showing that the DeFi lending trend might be leaking into traditional institutions.

Read the full newsletter edition here for more news and signals, complete with detailed charts and images.

Cointelegraph’s Market Insights Newsletter shares our knowledge on the fundamentals that move the digital asset market. With market intelligence from one of the industry’s leading analytics providers, Santiment, the newsletter dives into the latest data on social media sentiment, on-chain metrics and derivatives.

We also review the industry’s most important news, including mergers and acquisitions, changes in the regulatory landscape, and enterprise blockchain integrations. Sign up now to be the first to receive these insights. All past editions of Market Insights are also available on Cointelegraph.com.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/cointelegraph-consulting-overwhelming-bullish-sentiment-once-again-proves-costly

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