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🤓 Italy implements hefty 26% crypto tax: is this the right move?

🤓 Italy implements hefty 26% crypto tax: is this the right move? 👊 OpenSea NFT insider trading case goes to jury 🐸 PEPE token becomes a top-100 crypto

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Here's what recently happened in the space:

Italy implements hefty 26% crypto tax: is this the right move?

The govt of Italy has decided to tax crypto at a hefty rate of 26%, starting this year. This is a major change compared to the earlier practice when cryptos were treated as foreign currency or when only gains over €2,000 were taxed. The new government hasn't imposed taxation on crypto to crypto transactions either.

However, this new legislation is going to be difficult to implement in practice and could even lead to disputes. Gianluigi Ferrari, a representative of the Italian Association of Crypto Users and Miners (AICU) expressed his concerns and stated that this could lead to the opposite effect of what the government was hoping for. AICU is currently in talks with the authorities about these changes.

If Italy implements a 26% tax on crypto gains, it could become the highest rate in the developed world. This will make the country unattractive for investors, especially for high-growth innovative businesses. The threshold of €2,000 is too small for such a high tax rate and will lower the competitiveness of the country, which desperately needs foreign investment.

The crypto industry is in its early stages and needs to be fostered. Therefore, the government of Italy should rethink their decision and consider setting a lower tax rate with a higher threshold for gains. This would ensure that investors are not deterred from entering the market while also generating some much-needed revenue for the country. You just gotta be clever about it.

Overall, the crypto taxation policies are becoming worse all over the world. It is up to the governments to figure out how they can effectively tax crypto while also encouraging investments in this new industry. If done right, the crypto industry could provide additional benefits to the economy and create jobs in the long run.

OpenSea NFT insider trading case goes to jury

Former OpenSea pm's Nate Chastain's fate lies in the hands of a jury who has begun deliberating on whether he is guilty of alleged insider trading. The decision has the potential to significantly shape the future of NFTs and OpenSea's reputation.

In June last year, Chastain was accused by US prosecutors of making $50,000 in unlawful gains. According to the prosecuting attorney, he had bought certain NFTs before showcasing them on OpenSea's website, and then selling them when their values surged.

The jury now must decide if the NFTs were linked to Chastain’s job at OpenSea or if he used confidential information from his position to buy up profitable NFTs before other traders could get involved. If found guilty, it is likely that he will face a prison sentence and hefty fines.

This case has the potential to have a lasting effect on the NFT industry, and will certainly be watched closely by the crypto community.

PEPE token becomes a top-100 crypto

$PEPE, a shitcoin inspired by the famous meme and cartoon character Pepe the Frog, has quickly gained popularity. Since it launched on April 17th, it has scaled the charts to become a top-100 crypto with a market capitalization of around $451.38 million.

This rapid growth, however, has come with some concerns. Both coinmarketcap.com and Web3 security startup GOPLUS Labs have warned about the token’s contract owner having the potential to modify transaction taxes and blacklist functions. This did not stop investors who continued to pour money into $PEPE, driving its price up and creating an impressive market boom. The boom mostly was driven by its listing on major centralized exchanges.

The success of $PEPE token has highlighted some interesting implications for the crypto industry. The ability to create and launch a token on Ethereum, and see it rise to the point of being a top-100 crypto asset, is a huge testament to the power of DeFi and decentralized protocols. And even though it's a useless shitcoin that is bound to crash sooner or later, it is a representation of the potential for any token on Ethereum to make its mark in the crypto world.