DO YOU HAVE A FOREIGN BANK OR FINANCIAL ACCOUNT?

Things you need to know about US Compliance Requirements

In today’s global economy, it is certainly not unusual for US persons or business entities to have an account outside the US with a foreign bank or other financial institution.

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of US persons who have a foreign account, you should be aware of your obligations to report your accounts to the US Government. …


TOPIC: What are the legal risks of ICOs? Congratulations to Maureen Murat for being selected to attend a panel discussion at the AIM Summit in Abu-Dhabi. She and her fellow panelists will be addressing these issues: What are the legal risks of ICOs? How has recent action by the SEC and CFTC affected the market Which jurisdictions are embracing digital assets? Which are rejecting? Why? Money Laundering AML with Blockchain– Blessing or a Curse Is Distributed Ledger Technology a curse for regulators? or a Blessing? How can Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing be done better with blockchain?

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We are delighted today to announce a Call for Entries for the inaugural pitch competition for Hera Hub. A public event, Hera Fast Pitch DC will take place on June 13, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hera Hub DC, located at 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, #100, Washington, DC 20016. Startups that are 51-percent women-owned and located in the DC Metro area are invited to apply online between Monday, April 2 and Friday, May 11, 2018 for a chance to pitch their business idea. All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel, which will select 10 companies to participate. To apply please click this link: https://bit.ly/2HVkTb8 The Hera Fast Pitch DC winner will take home more than $10,000 in cash and in-kind services, plus the opportunity to pitch in front of additional investors at Hera Venture Summit, a global entrepreneurship summit taking place in San Diego this September.

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by James Markwood

For cryptocurrency traders, the ability to use like-kind exchange rules to avoid U.S. tax on trades is a bit of a “good news/bad news” story.

FYI — If you read the article and wonder about the reference to the Wizard of Oz, note that the Wizard of Oz story was widely interpreted as having an underlying theme reflecting the currency debate of the time — between the gold standard and paper currency. Not so remote from today’s debates regarding crypto vs. fiat currencies.

Click here to read the full article: https://bit.ly/2q0zedZ

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Cogent’s very own Joshua Sanderlin was recently quoted in the Washington Post. Click on the article below to read more.

https://wapo.st/2pIasze

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This complex new law offers tax cuts for some and confusion for all. James Markwood explains the changes in the tax code here.

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by Joshua Sanderlin

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Summary: Since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, cannabis has maintained the highest and most stringent classification for a drug in the United States. This restrictive classification was targeted towards specific subgroups of the population in the 1970s and, since then, has caused immeasurable damage to society. Whereas the industry was able to rely on the previous administration’s systematic non-enforcement of federal cannabis prohibition, the current administration is taking a different approach. As cannabis legalization proliferates in the states, the blind adherence to 1970s anti-cannabis dogma places consumer, patients and a multi-billion dollar industry in jeopardy. We will discuss the history of federal cannabis prohibition, the consequences on society, and what is needed to provide certainty to a nascent industry and begin to repair the damage done over the last half century.


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Tax Considerations You Need to Know About If You Are Involved in Bitcoin (or similar Cryptocurrency) Transactions

By: James Markwood

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