Amid IRS bounty and competitor progress, Monero developers ship a major update

First announced in September, Monero developers today went live with a network update featuring a new version of its node software, codenamed ‘Oxygen Orion.’ The product of 30 contributors, the update promises significant improvement across nearly all aspects of the privacy-focused cryptocurrency’s performance.  The highlight of the new update is the compact linkable spontaneous anonymous group (CLSAG) feature. According to the Monero blog, CLSAG will reduce transaction sizes by 25% and improve transaction times by 10% while maintaining transactional privacy. The developers wrote:  “CLSAG enables smaller and faster transactions with…

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NCLA Fights IRS Crypto Investment Data Collection – Bitcoin Magazine

If you’re a bitcoin trader or investor, you’ve probably traded on multiple cryptocurrency exchanges and, for the most part, trusted that those exchanges are keeping your data secure from unlawful data collection just like a bank or credit card provider would. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  On July 15, 2020 (Tax Day this year), New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) filed a lawsuit on behalf of James Harper against the IRS, challenging the agency’s unlawful collection of private cryptocurrency information. Harper decided to take this action against the…

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The IRS offers a $625,000 bounty to anyone who can break Monero and Lightning

The United States Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has offered a bounty of up to $625,000 to anyone who can break purportedly untraceable privacy coins like Monero (XMR) as well as trace transactions on Bitcoin’s (BTC) Lightning Network.  The official proposal, published last week, says the IRS will accept submissions in the form of working prototypes until September 16. If accepted, applicants will receive an initial payment of $500,000. This grant will allow applicants to develop their prototype into a working concept over the next eight months. Once the pilot test…

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IRS Crypto Letters Violate Rights – Bitcoin Magazine

This article originally appeared in our Weekly Bits newsletter. If you want our news and analysis before anyone else, make sure you subscribe now! Earlier this week, crypto tax preparation service CoinTracker shared news that its users were receiving letters from the Internal Revenue Service warning them that they may have misreported their crypto transactions to the agency. The post included comments from r/Bitcoin indicating that crypto holders were receiving IRS Letters 6173, 6174 and 6174-A. The agency had sent out 10,000 of these letters last summer as well. As in…

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IRS Sends Fresh Round of Tax Warning Letters to Cryptocurrency Owners

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun sending new warning letters to cryptocurrency owners. This followed the tax agency prioritizing cryptocurrency on its tax forms. “The IRS is getting very serious about cryptocurrency tax compliance,” a tax expert told news.Bitcoin.com. IRS Sending New Warning Letters The IRS has started sending out a new round of tax letters to cryptocurrency owners. Several tax service providers revealed on Tuesday that their clients have received a warning letter from the IRS similar to those the agency sent to about 10,000 crypto owners…

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Bitcoin Stalls, Ethereum 2.0 Outage, and IRS Crypto Crackdown

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week.   Top Stories This Week   Pro traders unfazed by Bitcoin price stalling at $12,400, data shows Another week, another unsuccessful attempt at meaningfully cracking $12,000. Bitcoin suffered an 8.6% drop to as low as $11,370 after a stubborn rejection at $12,400. Now, technical analysts are cautiously anticipating a consolidation phase in the short-term. Cointelegraph analyst Michaël van de Poppe says dropping below $11,500 again could lead to a bearish divergence for…

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IRS Prioritizes Cryptocurrency, Now First Question on 1040 Tax Form

The new U.S. tax form is out and the cryptocurrency question is the first one on the main 1040 tax form used by about 150 million people to file their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires all tax filers to declare whether they have received, sold, exchanged, or acquired any cryptocurrencies. IRS Focuses on Crypto The IRS has published a draft tax form for the 2020 filing. The question about cryptocurrency is now the very first one on Form 1040, the main tax form used by individual U.S. tax…

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IRS Tax Warnings on Ethereum’s Fifth Anniversary

As important as Ethereum has become, even eclipsing Bitcoin (BTC) in some circles, it is no wonder that its fifth birthday has prompted comments — some prophetic, others nostalgic. Few, however, will mark the occasion by thinking about taxes, but that could be shortsighted. The last five years have seen near-tectonic shifts in how investors, exchanges and government agencies see cryptocurrencies. The Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, is at the top of the heap when it comes to tax enforcement. This is plainly true in the United States, and it…

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US Congressmen Want IRS to Balance Taxation and Innovation in the Cryptocurrency Space

A bipartisan quartet of US congressmen wants the IRS taxation policy not to dissuade taxpayers from participating in blockchain token staking. These politicians believe America’s ingenuity can help drive this promising staking technology. The four congressmen are Bill Foster (D) of Illinois, Darren Soto (D) of Florida, Tom Emmer (R) of Minnesota, and David Schweikert (R) of Arizona. In their letter addressed to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, the quartet expressed concern that the “taxation of staking rewards as income may overstate taxpayers’ actual gains from participating in this new technology.”…

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Bitcoin Investor Sues IRS for Unlawful Seizure of Financial Records at 3 Crypto Exchanges

Bitcoin investor Jim Harper has sued the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), its commissioner, and a number of federal agents. He alleged that they unlawfully seized his private financial information from three cryptocurrency exchanges. Bitcoin Investor vs. IRS Bitcoin investor Jim Harper has filed a lawsuit against IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig, the IRS, and “John Doe IRS Agents 1-10.” The latter refers to “fictitious names for the person or persons who authorized and conducted the search” of his private financial records, according to the court document filed on July…

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