Texas Federal Magistrate Reaffirms Ruling that Bitcoin is Money

Texas Federal Magistrate Reaffirms Ruling that Bitcoin is Money

The question of whether Bitcoin can be considered “money” from both a legal and tax perspective in the United States has been in the news a great deal recently, especially with multiple Judges ruling that Bitcoin was indeed money and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeming to contradict the courts with a stance that deems Bitcoin as property. The latest chapter comes again from Texas and Federal Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant. The case was filed against Bitcoin Savings & Trust founder Trendon T. Shavers, who is accused by Federal prosecutors of running a Ponzi scheme using Bitcoin.....


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The Federal Reserve system hates it! They would love to kill it. They’re attacking it any way they can, but they will fail. This is what we’ve been waiting for! This is the Cyber Christ moment. This is when the activists that having been pushing against the Fed are gonna win with Bitcoin.

Max Keiser, Investor and Journalist