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Coin Center files second comment in FinCEN rulemaking challenging its authority to make the surveillance rule

Today is the final day to file a comment in FinCEN’s midnight rulemaking. If that gives you a twinge of deja vu, it should. January 4th was originally listed as...

Congress warns Treasury on unusually short cryptocurrency short rulemaking

Closing 2020 out with a bang, a bipartisan group of members of Congress joined in the chorus of protests to the process by which the Department of Treasury is seeking...

Join us in responding to an unfair and discriminatory midnight rulemaking

Today we are publishing our comment in Treasury’s midnight reporting and recordkeeping rulemaking. We’ve worked diligently to have this comment ready as soon as possible so that it can hopefully...

A Midnight Rule for Cryptocurrency Transaction Reports

Over the last year we’ve watched as Switzerland, Singapore, and the Netherlands have taken a technology-specific approach to regulating transactions involving so-called “unhosted” wallets. We’ve seen the Financial Action Task...

The Unintended(?) Consequences of the STABLE Act

The recently introduced STABLE Act aims to ban any stablecoin that is not issued by a federal bank. Yes, any stablecoin irrespective of whether it is issued by a state-regulated...

How an open patents alliance can protect all cryptocurrency developers

On the Coin Center Tangents podcast this week I talked to Kirupa Pushparaj (who runs the intellectual property practice at Square) about the Crypto Open Patents Alliance. If you’re part...

Two new bills in Congress would clarify agency jurisdiction over cryptocurrency

Three longstanding policy issues facing cryptocurrency technology are being addressed by two new bi-partisian bills introduced in the House today: (1) the patchwork of state-by-state licensing of exchanges, (2) the...

Are regulators poised to demand cryptocurrency address whitelisting? Probably not.

Rumors are circulating that regulators will soon require exchanges to only allow cryptocurrency withdrawals to “whitelisted” addresses or, worse, that withdrawals to unhosted wallets won’t be allowed at all. These...

The ideal regulatory environment for Bitcoin

We’re often asked what our ideal regulatory environment would be for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies like it. A few years ago, in a regulatory submission to the Indian Ministry of Finance,...

Congress to IRS: Proof-Of-Stake block rewards should not be taxed as income

A bipartisan group of members of Congress have sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service asking that staking rewards for validators in proof-of-stake networks be taxed when sold rather...

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