29 November 2023
Yonhap News, a Korean news organization, reports that the Korean National Tax Service (NTS) has opened a tax investigation into the activities of Bithumb Holdings as well as its subsidiaries. On January 10 it was reported that NTS representatives had visited the Gangnam district of Seoul to meet with executives from both companies. Law enforcement agencies in many countries are looking into Bithumb Korea, Bithumb Holdings, as well as its affiliates for possible tax evasion by probing both local and foreign business dealings.
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When compared to Crypto.com, Bithumb's net flows are far bigger, making it one of the leading Cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide. The amount of trades on the exchange is increasing, but regulators in South Korea are conducting many investigations into the market.
The probe was performed by the 4th Bureau of Inquiry of the Seoul Regional Tax Service, which focuses on "special tax inquiries" rather than routine inquiries. It's also claimed that Mr. Kang Ji-yeon, the entrepreneur widely thought to be the true owner of Bithumb and a key actor in the corruption case involving related firms, as well as Mr. Kang Jong-hyeon would be the subject of an inquiry into any potential tax violation charges.
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More on Tax Investigation for Bithumb
Kang became a popular figure when an exposure in the mainstream media disclosed his affair with Park Min-young, a famous actress in South Korea. The sister of Kang runs 2 successful businesses: Inbiogen as well as Bucket Studio. These businesses have been dubbed "Bithumb related enterprises," suggesting that Kang has bought them. There have been previous inquiries into Bithumb.
In October of 2018, it was alleged that previous chairman Jung-Hoon had violated the rules as well as violated the Code of Conduct on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Economic Crimes when he organized the acquisition of Bithumb from Kim Byung-Gun. Yet it was only just established that he is innocent. It is assumed that the bitcoin exchange's ownership structure is complex and challenging due to the large number of investors that own stakes in the firm. Many of these companies are publicly traded but have no other connection to the blockchain or Cryptocurrency sectors. One of the vice presidents of such businesses was found deceased outside of his home on 31st December 2022.
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