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When we had the tech wreck, that was a much more widespread exposure. And the fact it had barely had perceptible effect on the real economy because it was not a stock market crash but just a segment of the stock market. But it was highly speculative, there was all kinds of bubbles there," Poloz explained. I don't want to minimize the risk that you raised because any mania has the scope to get much bigger.
But what we are being careful to do here is to not stifle innovation," Poloz said. The Canadian central bank chief added though that blockchain technology which underpins cryptocurrency, is "a true piece of genius and it will be applied to many many areas in the economy.
Blockchain is the underlying technology behind bitcoin. It acts as a public record of transactions that is tamperproof and requires no central authority to clear transactions. This technology is seen as a way to make a lot of businesses processes faster and cheaper. The Bank of Canada currently has a project codenamed Jasper, which is looking into how to use the blockchain.
Poloz then turned to the idea of a central bank issued digital currency, and said that if it were to create one, it would be backed by the Canadian dollar. He added that cash is "still doing its job" and that there is no rush to introduce it. The central banker also added that any fiat-backed digital currency would not necessarily need to run on the blockchain.
Will it therefore be necessary for it blockchain to be part of a digital currency if central banks issued it? Well the answer is I think not," Poloz said. Whereas the central bank, if the Bank of Canada, were to issue a digital currency, well you already trust the Canadian dollar, and so you don't need a distributed ledger in order to believe you just received final payment in your digital wallet.
This article has been amended to make clear that the Bank of Canada is working with global regulators to create regulation around cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin is legal in Mexico as of It is to be regulated as a virtual asset by the FinTech Law. News reports indicate that bitcoins are being used in the country. The Bank of Jamaica BoJ , the national Central Bank, has publicly declared that it must create opportunities for the exploitation of technologies including cryptocurrencies. Accordingly, in the BoJ will be embarking on a campaign to build awareness of cryptocurrencies as part of increasing general financial literacy and understanding of cryptocurrencies.
Indications are that early BoJ signals point to their general framework on "electronic retail payment service systems" possibly being brought to bear on initial cryptocurrencies considerations .
Bitcoins may be considered money, but not legal currency. A bitcoin may be considered either a good or a thing under the Argentina's Civil Code, and transactions with bitcoins may be governed by the rules for the sale of goods under the Civil Code. The Central Bank of Bolivia issued a resolution banning bitcoin and any other currency not regulated by a country or economic zone in Not regulated, according to a statement by the Central Bank of Brazil concerning cryptocurrencies, but is discouraged because of operational risks.
There is no regulation on the use of bitcoins. A 26 March by Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia states that the use of bitcoin is not regulated. The Ecuadorian government has issued a ban on bitcoin and other digital currencies.
Ecuador's new project would be controlled by the government and tied directly to the local currency—the dollar. Users will be able to pay for select services and send money between individuals. This was slated to begin in mid-February In a July , statement of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic made clear that "the use of 'virtual currency', bitcoins, in particular, as a means of payment in the Kyrgyz Republic will be a violation of the law of our state.
The use of bitcoins is not regulated in Cyprus. As of , the Israel Tax Authorities issued a statement saying that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies would not fall under the legal definition of currency, and neither of that of a financial security, but of a taxable asset. Bitcoin is not banned by any governmental party in Saudi Arabia.
Only Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority sama have warned from using it as it is high risk and recognized in Saudi Arabia and its dealers will not be guaranteed any protection or rights. The government of Jordan has issued a warning discouraging the use of bitcoin and other similar systems. The Central Bank of Jordan prohibits banks, currency exchanges, financial companies, and payment service companies from dealing in bitcoins or other digital currencies.
The government of Lebanon has issued a warning discouraging the use of bitcoin and other similar systems. Bitcoin is not regulated as it is not considered to be electronic money according to the law.
Bitcoin is neither recognized nor regulated in Iran. Government officials, however, discourage investing in cryptocurrencies until after the regulations are made. In September , Bangladesh Bank said that "anybody caught using the virtual currency could be jailed under the country's strict anti-money laundering laws".
Finance minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech on 1 February , stated that the government will do everything to discontinue the use of bitcoin and other virtual currencies in India for criminal uses. He reiterated that India does not recognise them as legal tender and will instead encourage blockchain technology in payment systems. On 13 August Nepal Rastra Bank declared bitcoin as illegal. FBR Federal Board of Revenue is investigating the traders of digital currencies for tax evasion and money laundering and the trade of bitcoin is not regulated by laws.
While private parties can hold and trade bitcoins in China, regulation prohibits financial firms like banks from doing the same. On 5 December , People's Bank of China PBOC made its first step in regulating bitcoin by prohibiting financial institutions from handling bitcoin transactions.
On 16 December it was speculated that the PBOC had issued a new ban on third-party payment processors from doing business with bitcoin exchanges,  however a statement from BTC China suggests this isn't accurate, and rather payment processors had voluntarily withdrawn their services. On 1 April PBOC ordered commercial banks and payment companies to close bitcoin trading accounts in two weeks.
On 9 February , multiple bitcoin exchanges in China delayed or paused bitcoin withdraw service, with or without announcement. Some of the announcements,     if not all, claim that regulation activities have been or are to be taken. News resources  also show that, although such activities were carried out by PBOC, they were not done via legal approaches, but by "appointment" instead.
None of the exchanges presented or have claimed to receive any lawful paperwork. The crackdown on bitcoin and other virtual currency traders was accompanied by Chinese media touting the dangers of virtual currency as a tool for criminal activities.
On 8 January , the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury addressed bitcoin in the Legislative Council stating that "Hong Kong at present has no legislation directly regulating bitcoins and other virtual currencies of [a] similar kind.
However, our existing laws such as the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance provide sanctions against unlawful acts involving bitcoins, such as fraud or money laundering. He also decided that bitcoins will not be regulated by HKMA.
However, the authority will be closely watching the usage of bitcoins locally and its development overseas.
Japan officially recognizes bitcoin and digital currencies as a "means of payment that is not a legal currency" see Article of Japans's Payment Services Act PSA 25 May On 7 March , the Japanese government, in response to a series of questions asked in the National Diet, made a cabinet decision on the legal treatment of bitcoins in the form of answers to the questions.
The decision also acknowledges that there are no laws to unconditionally prohibit individuals or legal entities from receiving bitcoins in exchange for goods or services. Taxes may be applicable to bitcoins. According to Nikkei Asian Review , in February , "Japanese financial regulators have proposed handling virtual currencies as methods of payment equivalent to conventional currencies". The city of Hirosaki is officially accepting bitcoin donations with the goal of attracting international tourists and financing local projects.
While not illegal in the country, Korean authorities will prosecute illegal activity involving bitcoin  and have indicted at least one individual for purchasing drugs with bitcoin. There are no laws in South Korea regulating the use of bitcoin at present.
South Korea On 12 December , the president of the Bank of Korea recommended at a press conference that bitcoin be regulated in the future. Bitcoin ATMs are banned here : Taiwan but bitcoins can be purchased at over convenience store kiosks.
Regulators have warned the public that bitcoin does not have legal protection, "as the currency is not issued by any monetary authority and is therefore not entitled to legal claims or guarantee of conversion". While bitcoin is not illegal in Taiwan, financial institutions have been warned by regulators that necessary regulatory actions may be taken if they use it.
On 6 December , Perng Fai-nan said that bitcoin is only used in certain communities. Besides, he also opined that the value of bitcoin is a bubble and is highly volatile. Therefore, he advised the public against the speculation of bitcoins to prevent making a loss during the process.
The central bank is closely watching the development of bitcoin and plan to impose regulations in the future. It is stated that bitcoins remains highly volatile, highly speculative, and is not entitled to legal claims or guarantee of conversion. However, despite this, three of the four major convenience store chains in Taiwan make available purchases of bitcoin through their kiosk systems,  and the largest chain now allows bitcoin to be used for purchases of goods.
As of [update] , Bank Indonesia allows person-to person transaction using bitcoin at their own risk, but forbid fintech, e-commerce, and electronic payment gateway for accepting bitcoin  As of December , Bank Indonesia plans to issue a regulation prohibiting transactions using Bitcoin, a digital currency created in by an unknown person or group under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.
The regulation would take effect starting next year, an official has said. On 4 November , Bank Negara Malaysia BNM met with local bitcoin proponents to learn more about the currency but did not comment at the time. The central bank will not regulate Bitcoin operations at the moment and users should aware of the risks associated with Bitcoin usage. On 4 October , BNM announced that The decision on whether cryptocurrencies should be banned in Malaysia will be taken by them before the end of the year.
Recently virtual currencies were legalized and cryptocurrency exchanges are now regulated by Central Bank of the Philippines Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas under Circular . In December , the Monetary Authority of Singapore reportedly stated that "[w]hether or not businesses accept bitcoins in exchange for their goods and services is a commercial decision in which MAS does not intervene.
On 22 September , the Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS warned users of the risks associated with using bitcoin stating "If bitcoin ceases to operate, there may not be an identifiable party responsible for refunding their monies or for them to seek recourse"  and in December stated "Whether or not businesses accept Bitcoins in exchange for their goods and services is a commercial decision in which MAS does not intervene"  In January , the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore issued a series of tax guidelines according to which Bitcoin transactions may be treated as a barter exchange if it is used as a payment method for real goods and services.
Businesses that deal with Bitcoin currency exchanges will be taxed based on their Bitcoin sales. The initial position of the Bank of Thailand, mid , was to discourage the use of bitcoin, however as of [update] , the Bank of Thailand is open to bitcoin provided proper controls are in place.
Thai based bitcoin exchanges can only exchange Digital Currencies for Thai Baht and are required to operate with a Thailand Business Development Department e-commerce license. In cases where an ICO constitutes offering of securities, the issuer will need to comply with applicable regulatory requirements .
Trading in Bitcoin in Vietnam is still unrestricted and unregulated by law, and two largest bitcoin markets in Vietnam - VBTC and Bitcoin Vietnam are working without being restricted. In August , Vietnam's prime minister has approved a plan that could see the country formally recognize bitcoin as a form of payment by the end of The State Bank of Vietnam has declared that the issuance, supply and use of bitcoin and other similar virtual currency is illegal as a mean of payment and subject to punishment ranging from million to million VND  , but the government doesn't ban bitcoin trading as a virtual goods or assets.
On 6 December , the Croatian National Bank reportedly conducted a discussion on the circulation of digital currencies and concluded that bitcoin is not illegal in Croatia.
Bitcoin trading does not require authorization by the Czech National Bank and the Czech National Bank cannot grant such an authorization On 19 August , the German Finance Ministry announced that bitcoin is now essentially a "unit of account" and can be used for the purpose of tax and trading in the country, meaning that purchases made with it must pay VAT as with Euro transactions.
It is not classified as a foreign currency or e—money but stands as "private money" which can be used in "multilateral clearing circles", according to the ministry. The use of bitcoin in Poland is not regulated by a legal act at present. They added that trading virtual currencies in Poland does not violate national or EU law, however, having virtual "currencies", involves many risks: Financial institutions should be cautious about engaging and cooperating with virtual currency "trading" entities.
As of March , an official statement of the Romanian National Bank mentioned that "using digital currencies as payment has certain risks for the financial system". In October , the National Fiscal Administration Agency ANAF declared that there is a lack of a legislative framework around bitcoin, and therefore, it is unable to create a tax regulation framework for it as well implying no taxation.
The National Bank of Slovakia NBS , stated  that bitcoin does not have the legal attributes of a currency, and therefore does not fall under national control. At the same time NBS points out that any legal person or natural person in the Slovak Republic shall not issue any notes or any other coins. Unlawful manufacturing of banknotes and coins and putting them into circulation is punishable by law. In this context, NBS points out that virtual currencies have not a physical counterpart in the form of legal tender and participation in such a scheme virtual currency is at your own risk.
Exchanges or purchases of virtual currencies represent the business risk of investors and investors' money are not protected. For any compensation of losses caused by such exchanges or purchases there is no legal entitlement. On 23 December the Slovenian Ministry of Finance made an announcement  stating that bitcoin is neither a currency nor an asset.
Bitcoin businesses in Switzerland are subject to anti-money laundering regulations and in some instances may need to obtain a banking license. In response to the parliament postulates, the Swiss Federal Council issued a report on virtual currencies in June In , Zug added bitcoin as a means of paying city fees, in a test and an attempt to advance Zug as a region that is advancing future technologies.
The use of bitcoins is not regulated in Ukraine. As of [update] , FSA says that doing business with bitcoin does not fall under its regulatory authority and therefore FSA does not prevent anyone from opening such businesses.
In Estonia, the use of bitcoins is not regulated or otherwise controlled by the government. The Estonian Ministry of Finance have concluded that there is no legal obstacles to use bitcoin-like crypto currencies as payment method. Traders must therefore identify the buyer when establishing business relationship or if the buyer acquires more than 1, euros of the currency in a month.
The Finnish Tax Administration has issued instructions for the taxation of virtual currencies, including the bitcoin. Finland  Rather than a currency or a security, a bitcoin transaction is considered a private contract equivalent to a contract for difference for tax purposes. Purchases of goods with bitcoin or conversion of bitcoin into legal currency "realizes" the value and any increase in price will be taxable; however, losses are not tax-deductible. Mined bitcoin is considered earned income.
This is because the court classified bitcoins as payment instruments - whereas most countries treat their use as an unregulated method for the exchange of goods, or even as a crime. According to a opinion, from the Central Bank of Iceland "there is no authorization to purchase foreign currency from financial institutions in Iceland or to transfer foreign currency across borders on the basis of transactions with virtual currency.
For this reason alone, transactions with virtual currency are subject to restrictions in Iceland. On 12 March , the Central Bank amended its rules. With the new rules, wide and general exemptions have been granted from the restrictions of the Foreign Exchange Act No. Bank of Lithuania released a warning on 31 January , that bitcoin is not recognized as legal tender in Lithuania and that bitcoin users should be aware of high risks that come with the usage of it.
The Norwegian Tax Administration stated in December that they don't define bitcoin as money but regard it as an asset. Profits are subjected to wealth tax.
In business, use of bitcoin falls under the sales tax regulation. The Norwegian government stated in February that they would not levy VAT on the purchase or sale of bitcoin. As of November declared, bitcoins are "not illegal" according to the Federal Tax Service of Russia. The decision has been appealed by the Swedish Tax Authority.
The Swedish jurisdiction is in general quite favorable for bitcoin businesses and users as compared to other countries within the EU and the rest of the world. The governmental regulatory and supervisory body Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority Finansinspektionen have legitimized the fast growing industry by publicly proclaiming bitcoin and other digital currencies as a means of payment.
There is not a single word in Bulgarian laws about bitcoin. No specific legislation on bitcoins exists in Greece. Italy does not regulate bitcoin use by private individuals. As of [update] , Malta does not have any regulations specifically pertaining to bitcoins.
Bitcoin has no specific legal framework in Portugal. Transactions in bitcoins are subject to the same laws as barter transactions. The Minister of Finance indicated that government intervention with regard to the bitcoin system does not appear necessary at the present time.
The French Ministry of Finance issued regulations on 11 July pertaining to the operation of virtual currency professionals, exchanges, and taxation.
The Central Bank of Ireland was quoted in the Assembly of Ireland as stating that it does not regulate bitcoins. The Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier has issued a communication in February acknowledging the status of currency to the bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
As of [update] , virtual currencies such as bitcoin do not fall within the scope of the Act on Financial Supervision of the Netherlands. Bitcoin is treated as 'private money'.
When bitcoin is exchanged for sterling or for foreign currencies, such as euro or dollar, no VAT will be due on the value of the bitcoins themselves.
However, in all instances, VAT will be due in the normal way from suppliers of any goods or services sold in exchange for bitcoin or other similar cryptocurrency. Profits and losses on cryptocurrencies are subject to capital gains tax. In December , the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia RBA indicated in an interview about bitcoin legality stating, "There would be nothing to stop people in this country deciding to transact in some other currency in a shop if they wanted to.
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23 Oct In this first article of a two-part series, we will cover the Canadian federal law as it currently applies (or more accurately doesn't apply) to Canadian businesses operating in the bitcoin space. In Part II, we will cover provincial regulations pertaining to, or which could pertain to, bitcoin businesses. In Canada. 25 Jan Bitcoin trading is "gambling," Canada's central bank governor told CNBC on Thursday, adding that he was looking to work with global regulators to develop regulations around cryptocurrencies. Stephen Poloz, who heads up the Bank of Canada, said buyers of digital coins should "beware" and that he. The legal status of bitcoin varies substantially from country to country and is still undefined or changing in many of them. Whilst the majority of countries do not make the usage of bitcoin itself illegal, its status as money (or a commodity) varies, with differing regulatory implications. While some countries have explicitly allowed.