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Finland’s tax department – 30 Million Euros in the hole as thousands of Bitcoin [BTC] traders owe taxes

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Finland's tax department 30 Million Euros in the hole as thousands of Bitcoin[BTC] traders owe taxes
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Finland’s government has revealed the number of taxpayers who owe taxes from Bitcoin-related income. The country’s Tax Administration claims to have different ways to combine information and identify people who owe taxes from crypto profits, which are now well over ten times higher than last year.

A lot of Finns have not reported income to the country’s tax department from the sale of cryptocurrencies in previous years, Kauppalehti newspaper reported last week. This year, the profits made by Finns from cryptocurrencies were well over ten times higher than last year, the news outlet added.

Senior Adviser from the Tax Administration’s Corporate Taxation Unit, Timo Puiro, says:

“Most of the people have previously failed to report their bitcoin-related income, which we have found when we compare the information we collect to the tax information reported…The Tax Administration has extensive access to information, for example, to payment information, and we have different ways to combine information and identify people.”

Metropolitan.fi reported, that the tax office has been given generous access to bank transfers and other data, which enables identifying people. By looking at the transfer records it is evident that in the past most citizens have not reported profits made with virtual currencies.

Finland’s cold weather and low-cost nuclear-based power is no stranger to Bitcoin mining. Both Bitfury and the now-defunct Kncminer have operated mining farms in the country. Today many smaller miners are still in business there. Other well-established crypto businesses are also located in the country, such as Localbitcoins and leading Nordic Bitcoin broker, Prasos.

This is not the first time Puiro spoke about identifying undeclared income by Finns. In December of last year, he said the government had been analyzing Bitcoin wallets for this purpose.

Puiro added:

“We have analyzed more than 10,000 bitcoin wallets over several years, and in more than 500 cases we have found undeclared income which is taxable,” he emphasized at the time, adding that “Finland’s tax authority has identified bitcoin as one of the ‘high-risk focus areas’ and is prepared to redirect resources to ensure nothing falls through the gaps,”

While only 500 people were identified in December, Kauppalehti quoted the Tax Administration Office revealing last week that 3,300 people have now been identified as owing taxes from crypto-related transactions, adding:

“The aggregate capital gain of the 3,300 persons identified will be about 100 million euros, so the taxpayers’ share of the pot would be around 30 million euros.”

Metropolitan.fi reported that Bitcoin gains are taxed as capital income in Finland. They are treated the same way as dividends, rent or other similar income. The capital income tax percentage in Finland is 30% (in 2018) for sums under 30,000 euro.

Puiro, in the last week, was seen saying, that he hopes those who have made a profit on cryptocurrencies will voluntarily declare the income to the tax authority. He emphasized that if taxpayers fail to report income related to cryptocurrencies, the criterion of criminal tax evasion may be fulfilled.

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Deutsche Boerse adopts Bitcoin [BTC] even with the volatile market

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Jeffrey Tessler of Deutsche Boerse adopts Bitcoin even after the volatile market
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The Chief Executive Officer of Clearstream and a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Boerse, Jeffrey Tessler contemplates on offering cryptocurrency products. The executive board member of the German company which provides services for derivative markets and equity trading, in an event on Wednesday, talked about adopting cryptocurrency.

Currently, there are a lot of financial institutions taking a dip into cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, with benefits like cheaper trade fees and peer to peer network. This is due to the total and obsolete emergence of Bitcoin in people’s lives and economic trades companies are adopting the technology.

According to the market report the company has been battling with other derivative companies such as Cboe Global Markets Inc. and CME Group Inc. He believes that there have not been much of regulatory effects from the regional authorities as the market is nascent.

The event was held in London which was organized by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe.

Jeffrey Tessler during the event says:

“Before we move towards the Bitcoin market, we want to make sure we understand the underlying transaction which isn’t the easiest thing to do.”

He also said that the company is working with the cryptocurrency.

Later in the event, he added that:

“We want to understand the volatility and make sure clients are in line and make sure regulators are in line.”

Garisson a Redittor says:

“Crank up and cramped up banks are the way to be behind the crypto-game. The involvement of institutions is a bad sign as more regulatory standards will be I posed…making it further non-decentralized.”

Sara a Redittor says:

“I believe that derivative and equities are dropping into the cryptocurrency and blockchain game because of the emergence of this new industry. Goldman has to lead the way for the stock market to follow now everyone is gonna adopt the new technology of crypto. I believe that the ones who  reject to evolve will have a major market collapse.”

Wesley Willam Cryptocurrency enthusiast tweeted:

“Bitcoin is gonna pop like a big bubble as it is observed that the market is not volatile and is falling at the steep rate. There is hope for blockchain but no Bitcoin. Maybe altcoins have a future.”

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First Dutch company to accept Bitcoin [BTC] and Neo [NEO] – ProSeo

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Proseo goes "Pro" crypto- the first Dutch company to accept Bitcoin and Neo.
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In the world where Search goes Digital, ProSeo is a search engine optimization agency which specializes in search engine marketing. It is a Dutch company based in Ireland and is an SEO specialist since 1999.

ProSeo and Web design are the top ranking SEO Companies who provide SEO services in Ireland. The Search Engine Optimization Company is also partnered with Google and is ranked 1st in Google as “Seo Company”, “Seo Agency” and “Seo Services”.

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The company provides professional and presentable services with their experienced Irish Consultants who are aware of their Irish Market. It has a close team of specialists with extensive experience and talents.

The company has gained the title of being the 1st SEO Company to accept cryptocurrency as their payment method. They accept the cryptocurrencies Bitcoin [BTC] and Neo [NEO] for now. However, they are currently investigating whether the company can make payments with other cryptocurrencies as well.

Since ProSeo keeps a close watch of new technological developments in the world, it’s logical for them to apply to the world of digital payment of transactions.

SeaOfDeadFaces, a Reddit user commented:

“My first thought as well. I can imagine that only being able to charge people in increments of NEO means customers are either getting a great deal or shafted, depending on how the company rounds.”

stuartwitherspoon said:

“That’s great but wouldn’t GAS be the better option? I don’t see how this is practical with neo being non-divisible.”

l4ur1ds said:

“I’d love to accept GAS in my neo merch store. Does anybody know how I could accomplish that? The major payment gateways only accept BTC or ETH.”

They reported that Bitcoin and Neo are extremely safe and reliable. They believe that Bitcoin is an investment opportunity in view of the fact of its rapidly increasing value. It is unfortunate that there is a finite number of companies in the Netherlands who accepts cryptocurrency as a form of payment.

Proseo offers a simple method of transaction. The amount of payment by the customer is calculated on the basis of the rate of the largest exchange. Once they complete this, Proseo’s wallet address is sent to the customer to make the payment. The company does not calculate an exchange fee for such transactions.

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