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France Amends its 2019 Budget Bill to Reduce Tax On Cryptocurrencies

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France has adopted an amendment to its 2019 budget bill that reduces capital gains tax on bitcoin from 36.2 percent to 30 percent.

Very often, taxing gains from cryptocurrencies lead to confusion among investors around the globe. For its part, the governments are also trying their best to remove the uncertainty on treating the gains from virtual assets. As a result, the percentage of tax varied from the regular capital gains tax. Given this background, France has adopted an amendment to its 2019 budget bill that reduces capital gains tax on bitcoin from 36.2 percent to 30 percent. The move could be interpreted in several ways.

 

Non-Real Estate Assets

For instance, the reduction in tax rate could be taken as a move to encourage bitcoin and other digital coins. However, the government is transparent in its thinking, i.e., to bring the transactions in respect of cryptocurrencies on par with any other non-real estate assets. Incidentally, this segment has attracted a flat tax rate of 30 percent only. The finance commission has adopted the budget amendment in the Parliament’s lower house. However, it is not enough to become a full-fledged law.

For the final version of the bill, it must be approved by a more full Parliament and only then it will become a law. If things go as planned, then the new tax rate will come into effect in January 2019. In any case, the move assumed significance since, at one point in time, taxes in France has hit 45 percent for gains from cryptocurrencies. However, this has been reduced by the Council of State by bringing it on par with the capital gains of movable property.

 

Exception of Earnings

There was a considerable reduction in tax rate. At the same time, earnings from the mining of digital currencies were exempted since it is taxed as non-commercial profits. Also, such income is treated as income from professional activity, which comes under industrial and commercial benefits. The country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, is doing all that he can to transform the country into a business haven and that included virtual currencies.

For instance, he has unveiled the “Action Plan for Business Growth and Transformation” (PACTE) early this year with the objective of making it easy for enterprises to operate in the country. This included legal framework for fundraising exercises with the help of token sales, which is emerging rapidly. This was followed by guidelines for initial coin offerings (ICOs) in September. At that time, France finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, indicated that the regulations would allow Authority des Marches Financiers (AMF) to approve the ICOS.

 

Specific Guarantees

The financial regulator was also empowered to permit enterprises to float ICOs in the country. However, it has placed restrictions, i.e., only if “those projects provide specific guarantees for investors.” This meant that those raising money through tokens would have to provide complete disclosure to the AMF. The government was keen that investors should be provided with whatever disclosures available so that they make informed decisions.

Before this, the regulator has raised concern on the absence of regulation in respect of digital token sales. The AMF felt that there existed an inherent risk thus increasing the possibility of incurring losses by investors. Similarly, the regulator was concerned about using the virtual asset for illegal purposes like terror funding and money laundering.

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Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Great Week for the top 10

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The current week has proved to be quite amazing for the cryptocurrency market as all major coins are holding green. The total cryptocurrency market rose by around $1.5 billion yesterday night with the price of bitcoin reaching $4100.

 

Bitcoin:

BTCUSD Price Chart

BTC/USD Weekly Price Chart

Bitcoin broke the $4000 resistance level on 17th March and has been over this range since then. Bitcoin has turned the previous resistance into strong support now and has moved upwards slowly currently trading around $4120 (according to Bitfinex chart) with around 1% increase in the last 24 hours. If bitcoin is able to maintain its position above $4100 range for long, it might soon move ahead towards the major long term resistances such as $4500 and $4600.

 

Altcoins:

ETHUSD Weekly Chart

ETH/USD Weekly Chart

Ethereum also saw a nice bullish momentum this week after reaching the highest point of $143. Currently, Ethereum is trading nicely around $140 and is experiencing a few dips while trying to move upwards.

Unlike other top 10 coins, Ripple market is experiencing volatility from the last week but the momentum is still quite bullish.

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

Litecoin has been following trends and is steadily trading around $60 from the start of the week. Litecoin has increased more than 1.67% in the last 24 hours which makes it the best performing crypto of the day (in comparison with the top 10 cryptos according to market capitalization). LTC is currently trading around $61 (according to Bitfinex chart).

 

The overall cryptocurrency market is in a bullish momentum with sings of further gains. After a long bearish trend, cryptocurrency analysts are now believing that the bull market might be coming soon.

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Tom Lee: Bitcoin Bull Market Coming Soon

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Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat Global has predicted that the price of bitcoin will likely experience a bullish run in the next 5 to 6 months.

Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat Global also known as the bitcoin bull has predicted that the price of bitcoin will likely experience a bullish run in the next 5 to 6 months. Lee predicted this during an interview with the CNBC. According to Lee, the 200 daily moving average is the number to keep in mind. If bitcoin is able to stay above $4000 till August this year, it will cross the 200 daily moving average and thus technically the overall chart would start to look bullish.

During the interview, he also mentioned that the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies lies on the fact of whether it becomes an asset class and bitcoin is still in the early days of becoming one. Although Tom Lee has been quite bullish about the price of bitcoin, Fundstrat had recently posted a warning that the cryptocurrency market might crash to a new bottom before actually starting a bull run.

 

Tom Lee on JP Morgan Coin:

In the interview, Lee also expressed his concerns regarding the recently launched JP Morgan Coin which is a stablecoin launched by the banking giant JP Morgan Chase. He said that things such as the JP Morgan Coin and Facebook Coin create use cases for cryptocurrencies and according to him, the JPM Coin is surely not a competitor to bitcoin as it is a stablecoin in nature.

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Alert: Bitcoin Breaks Record, Highest Hash Rate Since November 2018.

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The hash rate of bitcoin which is the power that secures the bitcoin network has recorded the highest level yesterday (19th March) since last year November.  The Bitcoin hash rate passed over fifty-two quintillion hash per second in accordance with the data feed on Blockchain.com.

 

Bitcoin Hash Rate:

Bitcoin hash rate is the computation of the performance of bitcoin miners. In simpler terms, as the hash rate goes higher, the bitcoin network becomes more secure. It becomes more difficult to attack the bitcoin network as an attacker would need increased resources in order to attack the network. The increasing hash rate also depicts the increase in the number of bitcoin miners. As the BTC mining difficulty level is quite stable now, more and more miners are joining the bitcoin network. Although, the increasing hash rate would eventually result in an increase in the overall difficulty level.

bitcoin hash rate 19th march

Bitcoin hash rate 19th March 2019

 

The bitcoin network security is at its peak since November last year. The highest hash rate ever recorded has been around 62 quintillion hash per second in August last year. Looking at the current chart, it depicts that the hash rate might even cross this level in the coming time.

 

The increased hash rate also builds up confidence in the minds of the miners as it shows the overall security of the bitcoin network and thus predicting a secure future of the investment of the miners. Thus, overall, more and more miners are now joining the bitcoin mining network after a subsequent decrease last year which led to a lot of miners moving out of the mining business. Bitcoin price analysts believe that the hash rate of the network follows the price of bitcoin as it helps them in speculating the future price of BTC.

 

During last year’s bear market, the hash rate also fell drastically which led to a lot of miners shutting down and the mining equipment were being sold at waste prices. Now as the hash rate is rising, miners are again turning on their mining rigs and moving back to business. It is also worth examining that the current hash rate of the network is even more than the recorded hash rate in December 2017 when the price of BTC went up to $20,000.

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