Two Congressman for the United States have introduced a bill to exclude digital assets from being classified as securities.
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On December 20th 2018, two United States congressman introduced a bill to the House of Representatives which wants to disregard digital assets as being defined as securities.
Representatives Warren Davidson (R) and Darren Soto (D) introduced the "Token Taxonomy Act of 2018" which seeks to exclude digital currencies being classified as securities. In order to do this, Reps. Davidson and Soto ask that Congress:
"...amend the Securities Act of 1933 and the SecuritiesExchange Act of 1934 to exclude digital tokens from the definition of a security, to direct the Securities andExchange Commission to enact certain regulatory changes regarding digital units secured through publickey cryptography, to adjust taxation of virtual currencies held in individual retirement accounts, to create a tax exemption for exchanges of one virtual currency for another, to create a de minimis exemption from taxation for gains realized from the sale or exchange of virtual currency for other than cash, and for other purposes."
"prevent them (cryptocurrencies) from being classified as securities, but would also allow the federal government to regulate initial coin offerings more effectively."
The bill is a follow-up to a Congressional table held by Davidson earlier in the year in which 45 representatives from Wall Street firms and companies built on cryptocurrency told explained to lawmakers that the lack of regulatory clarity for ICOs and digital currencies, with some arguing that regulations were simply "outdated."