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South African Revenue Services (SARS) Intensifies Scrutiny on Crypto Traders

Crypto traders in South Africa have begun receiving notices from the South African Revenue Services (SARS) indicating that their tax affairs are under review based on data received from various crypto asset exchanges. SARS warns that failure to provide requested information could be deemed a criminal offence under the Tax Administration Act.

A Rigorous Approach to Revenue Collection

Jashwin Baijoo, head of strategic engagement and compliance at Tax Consulting SA, notes that this move is part of SARS’s comprehensive strategy to maximize revenue collection. “For years, crypto asset traders have operated under the misconception that their crypto profits were beyond SARS’s reach,” says Baijoo. “SARS has now made it clear that, just as they can demand transactional records from banks, they can do the same with crypto exchanges.”

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Historical Non-Declaration Under Scrutiny

Baijoo warns traders not to assume that SARS will overlook historical non-declaration of crypto holdings, emphasizing the importance of full disclosure of both local and foreign crypto transactions for verification purposes.

Lack of Clear Guidance from SARS

According to Wiehann Olivier, partner and head of fintech and digital assets at Forvis Mazars, SARS currently lacks automatic access to crypto exchange information and must request this data case-by-case. Olivier expresses concern over SARS’s focus on prosecution without providing clear guidance to taxpayers. “SARS has not clarified when a cryptocurrency transaction is considered capital or income, merely stating that the normal rules apply,” he says.

Challenges in Record-Keeping

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Maintaining accurate records of gains and losses from high-volume crypto trades, especially those involving multiple trading pairs, is challenging. Specialized tools that integrate with exchanges through API or track on-chain data are necessary. Olivier notes that while SARS is reportedly using AI to identify non-compliance, the effectiveness of this depends on the quality of data available.

Resource Limitations

Olivier also highlights the significant resources and manpower required for SARS to investigate and engage with taxpayers effectively, suggesting that the focus may primarily be on high-net-worth individuals.

Exchange Control Regulations

Another issue is the monitoring of exchange control regulations by the South African Reserve Bank, especially when traders use automated bots for arbitrage opportunities between South African and international exchanges. Olivier points out that this aspect has not received adequate attention.

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Future Proficiency in Tracking Undeclared Profits

SARS is expected to become more proficient at tracking undeclared crypto profits using a combination of electronic forensic services, AI, and experienced auditors. This enhanced capability, along with the threat of criminal penalties, is likely to deter traders from evading tax obligations. Access to both local and foreign exchanges will be crucial for SARS to fully grasp the tax implications of crypto transactions.

Source: moneyweb.co

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RAK DAO Partners with Phoenix Group PLC (PHX) and Internet of People (IOPn) to Commit $100 Million Investment to Boost Web3 Innovation in Ras al Khaimah

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Phoenix Group PLC and IOPn commit to investing $100 million to drive innovation and attract top Web3 talent to Ras al Khaimah by 2030.

This partnership aims to create a thriving ecosystem for blockchain and digital assets in the region.

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RAK DAO, the world’s first and only Free Zone with Common Law features established to support digital assets companies, has entered into a strategic partnership with Phoenix Group and IOPn. This collaboration aims to drive innovation, foster economic growth, and further position Ras al Khaimah as a global hub for Web3 pioneers. Phoenix Group, an ADX-listed company, is a leader in web3 development in the UAE. IOPn is an integrated Web3 ecosystem that leverages blockchain, AI, and cutting-edge spatial computing.

As part of the partnership, Phoenix Group and IOPn have committed to investing $100 million into the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah by 2030 leveraging RAK DAO’s infrastructure. This substantial investment underscores Phoenix Group and IOPn’s dedication to stimulating innovation and attracting top-tier professionals to the region within the Web3 space. The partnership seeks to target, encourage and attract highly-skilled individuals in Web3, crypto, blockchain, and developer domains to the region. Phoenix Group and IOPn aim to enrich the local talent pool by leveraging initiatives such as the Golden Visa programs and RAK DAO business licenses through investment. By nurturing top-tier talent, RAK DAO, Phoenix Group and IOPn seek to create a thriving ecosystem that harnesses cutting-edge technologies – including blockchain, spatial, and cognitive solutions for economic development and sustainability.

Dr. Sameer Al Ansari, CEO of RAK DAO has expressed, “We are thrilled to welcome Phoenix Group and IOPn as RAK DAO’s Ecosystem Partners. The $100 million investment marks a significant milestone in our mission to establish Ras al Khaimah as a premier destination for Web3 innovation and talent. By leveraging Phoenix Group and IOPn’s expertise and resources, we are poised to further enrich our dynamic ecosystem that fosters cutting-edge technologies and attracts the brightest minds in the blockchain and digital asset sectors.

This collaboration underscores our commitment to driving economic growth and sustainability through technological advancements. We look forward to welcoming top-tier professionals and pioneering initiatives that will redefine the digital landscape of Ras al Khaimah.”

Mr. Seyed Mohammad Alizadehfard (Bijan), Co-founder & Group CEO of Phoenix Group, elaborated on the new strategic dimensions of the partnership, stating, “Our joint venture marks a pivotal expansion of our commitment to blockchain infrastructure aimed at enhancing the technological landscape in Ras al Khaimah. Our partnership will not only drive innovation but also strategically position the Emirate as a leading center for blockchain excellence globally.”

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Mr. Mojtaba Asadian, Founder and CEO of IOPn, added: “IOPn builds on the visionary leadership of Ras Al Khaimah and the supporting environment created by RAK DAO to provide a unique opportunity for top-rated world talent to innovate and create value. IOPn is doing this by offering a powerful new Web 3.0 ecosystem and using the significant proven capabilities of Phoenix Group. We’re thrilled to be embarking upon this partnership with RAK DAO in collaboration with Phoenix Group.”

At the heart of this collaboration lies a commitment to access and nurture top-tier talent within the blockchain and Web3 industries. By enriching the local talent pool and fostering an environment conducive to innovation, RAK DAO, Phoenix Group and IOPN aim to drive forward-thinking initiatives that redefine the landscape and highlight the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah as an attractive destination for top talent. This six-year partnership and substantial investment underscore their dedication to stimulating innovation and attracting top-tier professionals.

 

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xPortal Enhances Solana Crypto-to-Cash Experience with New Ecosystem Integrations

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 xPortal, the ultimate financial super app for everything money, developed by the MultiversX team, is thrilled to announce significant enhancements to its platform, aimed at elevating the Solana ecosystem experience for both new and existing users.

These updates include the ability to top up xPortal Debit Cards with SOL, the listing of numerous SPL tokens, and the integration of leading SOL dApps in xPortal’s Discover section, the app’s multi-chain dApp hub. This development further cements xPortal’s role as a unique bridge between the digital and physical worlds, facilitating seamless transitions from crypto to cash for holders of top cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), MultiversX (EGLD), Solana (SOL), and Polygon (MATIC).

Starting today, xPortal users can effortlessly top-up their xPortal Debit Cards with their SOL holdings. This new feature allows Solana enthusiasts to use their crypto for shopping easily and manage their finances quickly, making it simpler than ever to transition from digital assets to real-world spending power.

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Additionally, xPortal now supports over 20 Solana-based SPL tokens, providing users with expanded opportunities to manage and interact with their favorite Solana assets. The new tokens available on xPortal include $PYTH, $IO, $JTO, $WIF, $BONK, $JUP, $RAY, $BOME, $HNT, $POPCAT, $BEER, $USDT, $USDC, $LINK, $LDO, $FTM, $RPL, $SUSHI, $DADDY, and $BODEN. This extensive list ensures that users can now enjoy a comprehensive Solana experience directly from the xPortal app, with more tokens being activated weekly.

The xPortal Discover section has also been enhanced with the addition of top-tier Solana decentralized applications (dApps). Users can now explore and interact with premier Solana dApps, including Jupiter Exchange, Raydium Protocol, and Kamino Finance.

Sergiu Biris, Head of Product at MultiversX and xPortal Lead, commented on the update: “These latest developments are a testament to our dedication to providing a complete experience for our users and represent a significant step forward in our mission to bring blockchain technology into the mainstream and make crypto payments the norm.”

“We’ve spent considerable time equipping xPortal with a unique set of features that make it stand out: unmatched simplicity and ease of use, beautifully abstracted complexity, the ability to bridge physical and digital realms, and many others. We’re excited to make access to all these features ecosystem-agnostic,” Biris added.

 

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ChainSwap Adds BNB Chain to Their Decentralised Exchange

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ChainSwap, a multi-chain decentralized exchange (DEX), has integrated BNB Chain into its platform, adding to its growing list of supported networks. The new integration will enable users to conduct transactions on the BNB network, with plans for cross-chain transactions in the near future.

The incorporation of BNB Chain has seen ChainSwap continue to expand its multi-chain DEX, cementing its commitment to provide users with a secure platform for seamless cross-chain transactions. This is enabled by Chainlink’s Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP), delivering unparalleled security and privacy for transactions taking place on the platform.

Fitzy, Founder and CEO of ChainSwap, was emphatic on the importance of the new integration: “Integrating the BNB chain on our network will help our users navigate Web 3 space, and plays into our mission of growing, and becoming increasingly interoperable”.

With plans to enable cross-chain transactions between BNB Chain and other leading blockchain networks, ChainSwap aims to further expand the utility of its seamless cross-chain transactions for users.

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