Venezuela Will Force Bitcoin Miners to Register With the Government

Venezuela has always been a remarkable place when it comes to Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. More specifically, it seems Bitcoin will make a big impact in the country at some point. Unfortunately, the Venezuelan government isn’t too keen on Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Miners will now have to register with the authorities, which is rather worrisome.

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These are not fun times to be living in Venezuela. The country has been dealing with financial hardship for some time now, and the situation is not improving in the slightest. The bolívar becomes less valuable every single week, and there is no solution to this problem whatsoever. It’s not surprising to see so many people flock to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, as it provides a way out of the financial struggle that is everyday life in Venezuela.

No one will be surprised to hear the Venezuelan government isn’t too keen on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Since Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can’t be regulated or controlled by the government in any official capacity, they could damage the country’s brittle economy even further. As a result, the government has imposed new rules for anyone mining cryptocurrency.

To be more specific, all miners will now be taxed and required to register with the government. Being taxed is not entirely illogical, but the registration requirement is pretty worrisome, to say the least. The government shouldn’t need to know who is doing what in regards to crypto trading and mining. Nevertheless, authorities want to know who is mining, where they are located, and what type of equipment they use.

An online registry of cryptocurrency miners is expected to go live on December 22 of this year. It is unclear if there will be any repercussions for those who don’t register. We do know the country’s police have arrested miners in the past, prior to this regulation’s announcement.

The opinions regarding this new framework are somewhat divided for now. Some people feel the new rules will pave the way for a more vibrant Bitcoin ecosystem. It is not easy to mine cryptocurrency under any circumstances, and things are not getting better in Venezuela. Most of the electricity in the country is state-sponsored, which means it is technically the property of the government.

On the other hand, there are those who can’t see the benefit of this new regulation whatsoever. It is doubtful a lot of miners will willingly share this information with the government, but you never know how things will play out. There is no indication that this registry will offer any protection to cryptocurrency miners, but rather appears to be a way to scrutinize their activity even further.