This report surveys forty foreign jurisdictions and the European Union, reporting on any regulations or statements from central banks or government offices on the handling of bitcoins as well as any significant use of banks using bitcoin in business transactions. Of those countries surveyed, only a very few, notably China and Brazil, have specific regulations applicable to bitcoin use. There is widespread concern about the Bitcoin system’s possible impact on national currencies, its potential for criminal misuse, and the implications of its use for taxation. Overall, the findings of this report reveal that the debate over how to deal with this new virtual currency is still in its infancy.
Updates and additional countries have been added below. There are no official statements on the Alderney government’s website regarding its position towards the bitcoin, and it appears to be unregulated on the island. Bitcoins are not legal currency strictly speaking, since they are not issued by the government monetary authority and are not legal tender. He said that there was nothing to stop people holding or transacting in other currencies in Australia, including the bitcoin. Draft Ruling, and four draft taxation determinations on the taxation treatment of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. ATO’s view is that Bitcoin is neither money nor a foreign currency. According to the guidance paper and draft rulings, Bitcoin transactions will be treated “like barter transactions with similar taxation consequences.
The Belgian Finance Minister, in response to a question by a Belgian senator, stated in July 2013 that while the Bitcoin system seems to be somewhat problematic as a potential tool for money laundering and other illegal activities, such problems should not be overstated. 12,865, which created the possibility for the normalization of mobile payment systems and the creation of electronic currencies, including the bitcoin. Article 9 defines the competence of the Brazilian Central Bank, pursuant to the directives established by the CMN. 180 days of the publication of the Law and in accordance with the guidelines established by the CMN. In an emailed statement to The Wall Street Journal in January 2014, a Canadian official from Canada’s Department of Finance stated that Canada does not consider bitcoins to be legal tender. Canadian bank notes and coins are recognized as legal tender in Canada.
Canadian financial system as a whole. Nevertheless, these payment systems should be designed and operated to meet the needs of Canadians which would include convenience and ease of use, price, reliability, safety, and effective redress mechanisms. In April 2013, Canada’s Revenue Agency reportedly stated that users of bitcoins will have to pay tax on transactions in the digital currency, based on two separate tax rules that apply to barter transactions and things that are bought and sold for speculative purposes. Additional information on this topic is available.
The new law will treat virtual currencies, including Bitcoin, as “money service businesses” for the purposes of the anti-money laundering law. Chile According to news reports, there are no merchants that accept bitcoins in Chile as of yet. Buying virtual currencies in Chile is still very cumbersome. However, there is a community of information technology professionals who are promoting the use of bitcoins, and have even opened the first virtual money exchange store in the country.