Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis — February 22

  • The  BTC price faces resistance at the $4,145 and $4, 200 price levels.
  • If the bulls have a price breakout, the resistance level will be broken and the crypto will reach the highs of $4,500 and $5,000.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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BTCUSD Medium-term Trend: Bullish

  • Resistance levels: $7,000, $7,200, $7,400
  • Support levels: $3,900, $3,700, $3,300

The price of Bitcoin is in the bullish trend zone. The BTC price is now trading above the $4,000 price level. Yesterday, the crypto's price was resisted at the $4,145 price level. The  BTC price faces resistance at the $4,145 and $4, 200 price levels. The bulls have not been able to break above the $ 4,200 price level since November 24, 2018. 

Any price movement will be resisted at the $4,200 price level. The crypto will be compelled to a range bound movement above the $4,000 price level. On the upside, if the bulls have a price breakout, the resistance level will be broken and the crypto will reach the highs of $4,500 and $5,000.

Meanwhile, the stochastic band is at the overbought region but above the 80% range which indicates that the crypto is in a strong bullish momentum and a buy signal.

BTC/USD Short-term Trend: Bullish

Bitcoin, BTCUSDBitcoin Chart by Trading View

On the 4-hour chart, the price of Bitcoin is in a bullish trend zone. The BTC price reached a high of $4,083.50 and was resisted. The crypto's price is now ranging and trending above the 12-day EMA. The 12-day EMA and the 26-day EMA are trending northward indicating the bullish trend.

On the downside, if the bears breaks below the EMAs, the crypto will fall and find support at the next low. Meanwhile, the stochastic band is out of the overbought region but above the 40% range which indicates that the crypto is in a  bullish momentum and a buy signal.

 

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Israeli Courts: Bitcoin Is a Taxable Financial Asset, Not a Currency

A central district court in Israel has reportedly ruled in favor of the nation’s tax collection department, which has categorized bitcoin (BTC) as a financial asset - but not a medium of exchange (MoE).

According to the court’s ruling, the Israeli tax department may impose and collect taxes on transactions involving bitcoin, the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency. The court’s decision on the matter was announced on Monday (May 20, 2019).

Bitcoin Is a Taxable Financial Asset

As confirmed by Israel’s central district court, bitcoin-related transactions are subject to a capital gains tax as the pseudonymous cryptocurrency is considered a financial asset by the country’s central bank.

Notably, the matter was brought before court Judge Shmuel Bornstein by the founder of a crypto startup that argued bitcoin should be treated as a currency, or medium of exchange. The entrepreneur said that transactions involving the cryptocurrency should not be taxed because it’s a currency, not a financial asset.

Bitcoin's Status Hasn't Yet Been Established

As noted by local news outlet Globes: 

The Central District Court in Lod accepted the tax authority’s interpretation, and held that bitcoin is an asset and not a currency, and that the transaction in question is therefore taxable.

Going on to mention that Israeli financial regulators have not yet established a comprehensive regulatory framework for cryptoassets, Judge Bornstein said that it was “hard to envisage a result whereby Bitcoin would be considered a currency for tax purposes in particular.”

According to Globes, the case involving bitcoin-related transactions could reach Israel’s Supreme Court.

Commenting on the status of Bitcoin, Itay Bracha, Managing Partner at Israel-based law firm Bracha & Co., remarked:

The ruling is a signal to all those who have yet to report cryptocurrency-related [capital gains] or based their actions on differing legal advice.

Building Decentralized Infrastructure for the Transportation Sector

Per the legal specialist, the recent ruling is “unequivocal” and that it is only a “judicial interpretation”, not a “new legalization.” Therefore, the current ruling on the status of bitcoin would only “apply retroactively.”

As noted by local sources, the latest BTC-related case involves Noam Copel, the founder of blockchain startup DAV. As stated on the crypto firm’s official website:

We’re building a decentralized infrastructure to revolutionize the transportation industry on the blockchain.

In 2011, Copel reportedly purchased BTC and sold it in 2013 for a profit of around $2.3 million. Arguing that his profits, or capital gains, were not taxable, the crypto entrepreneur stated (in court):

Bitcoin should be classified as a foreign currency, and that his profits should be seen as exchange rate differences received by an individual not in the course of a business, and therefore should not be taxed.

As explained, the Israeli courts ruled in favor of the nation’s central financial institution by categorizing Bitcoin as a financial asset - which is subject to taxes.