The ICON Basis, creator of the ICON (ICX) venture, has issued an official response to the information that South Korean tax authorities are investigating its technical accomplice, ICONLOOP.
In a assertion revealed on Monday, the chairman of the ICON Basis, Min Kim, stated that the ICON Basis wouldn’t be affected by the investigation, noting that ICONLOOP is operated as a separate entity.
The ICON Basis is a non-profit group based mostly in Switzerland. In late 2017 it carried out an preliminary coin providing for the native coin of the ICON blockchain, ICX, elevating over $42 million within the course of.
ICONLOOP is the technical accomplice of the ICON Basis, working out of South Korea, and creator of the “loopchain” expertise upon which ICON is predicated. It has beforehand been employed by the Seoul authorities in numerous blockchain pilots, together with explorations into COVID-19 monitoring apps, citizen rewards and cellular driving licenses.
However previous relationships apparently counted for little or no on the finish of February, when the Seoul Regional Tax Workplace dispatched 10 staff to ICONLOOP’s headquarters in Euljiro. The investigation is reportedly below method, in accordance to a neighborhood outlet article, Paxnet, from March. 8. Such investigations are stated to usually final 3 months, with the ultimate judgement anticipated to be revealed in June.
ICONLOOP is the second blockchain agency to be investigated by Korean tax authorities this yr. In January it launched an investigation into the HN Group — issuer of the HDAC token.
Official tax legal guidelines for the issuance of digital belongings in South Korea are anticipated to be carried out subsequent yr. Within the meantime, the Nationwide Tax Service has initiated tax evasion and accounting audits for big home digital asset issuers.
Particularly, the tax workplace is investigating potential tax evasion that happens when digital belongings issued by abroad foundations are transferred into South Korea. ICONLOOP is below investigation relating to the potential switch of the Ethereum (ETH) funds raised by the ICON Basis in its 2017 ICO, the small print of which haven’t but been disclosed to authorities. ICONLOOP reportedly argues that it doesn’t have to disclose the small print of such transfers, because it operates as a small or medium-sized enterprise, reviews Paxnet.
In Monday’s official assertion, ICON’s Min Kim, emphasised the authorized and jurisdictional distance between the muse and ICONLOOP, saying:
“We want to make it clear that the ICON Foundation is not under investigation by the Korean National Tax Service authorities. The ICON Foundation is regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).”
Kim said the investigation would not affect the ICON Foundation, or the ICON project at large, adding that all legal requirements have been met. Kim said: “ICONLOOP is operated independently from the ICON Foundation. ICONLOOP is an important technical partner for the ICON Foundation.” He added further:
“We are confident that this investigation would not affect the deliverables and progress for the ICON project.”
Cointelegraph sought additional remark and clarification from the ICON Basis and ICONLOOP. This text will probably be up to date ought to they reply.