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FTX’s bankruptcy estate set to surpass creditor claims amidst tax dispute

TL;DR

  • FTX bankruptcy might pay creditors more than they owe due to the crypto surge and asset sale.
  • IRS’s $24 billion tax demand complicates creditor payouts.
  • Founder Sam Bankman-Fried faces long prison term; defense seeks leniency citing creditor repayments.

The loaded dollar estate of FTX, which is the down-broken cryptocurrency trade, is predicted to surprise creditors with repayments that can be up to 120% to 140% of the original claim values. According to the Financial Times, this seems to be insider knowledge from the talks on the ongoing restructuring stipulated in one of their recent articles.

Increased payouts driven by crypto surge and asset sale

Customers of the now-defunct FTX may have something to cheer about on the saving grace of cryptocurrency price upswings and the great news of the public-owned FTX buying into the AI safety and research firm Anthropic. In charge of winding up FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings, the administration to whom the jurisdiction has been given plans to exchange a 100% stake in Anthropic to an investors consortium at a considerable sum of $1.11 billion and $884 million in cash, respectively.

However, the extent of the creditor repayments hinges on resolving a substantial obstacle: the U.S. Internal Revenue Service IRS’s claim for $24 billion in taxes that are not paid to the IRS. The setback experienced by FTX’s legal team is the defendant’s denial of the demand looking for unpaid taxes, which is because the bankrupt exchange had been continuously reporting a loss throughout its operational tenure spanning three years.

Besides, FTX’s sister, who demised Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder, carries on combating the lawful repercussions coming up from the platform’s closure. Bankman-Fried was sentenced in 2022 on charges of defrauding investors and administratively enforcing the enforcement of his customers’ funds. According to the recommendation of the prosecutor, the ex-chief executive may earn up to 50 years in prison, and thus, the severity of the occurred offenses is cleared.

Defense pleas for leniency amidst creditor repayment prospects

Respectively, a more lenient sentencing of Bankman-Fried was opposed by his attorney, urging creditors’ repayment to help the Bank. The defense counters that even though the magnitude of creditor repayment is great, the sentence should be considered moderate, with a maximum of 6.5 years of imprisonment proposed for their client.

Every development reproduced from the ongoing court case is kept under close watch by all stakeholders who eagerly wait to see what the future holds regarding the settlement of the FTX bankruptcy and the IRS tax dispute. This outcome shall not only fix the fate of creditors, but it will also be a crucial event in deciding the fault of cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide despite the regulatory inquiry.

The story of a FTX bankruptcy’s transformation is rich enough with complex legal entanglements and financial rehabilitation themes. As creditors were estimated to have exceeded expectations in reimbursement amounts and the IRS tax liability impression seems to calm down, the plight of the once-a-successful exchange remains vulnerable. 

While on the one hand, the sentencing judgment of the Sam Bankman-Fried case made the already existing significance of regulatory adherence within the cryptocurrency world even more obvious, it also emphasized the broader consequences of flouting the regulations. 

In this scenario, where the stakeholders have been given the responsibility of awaiting further elucidation, the performance of the resolution of the linked matters will certainly influence the future nature of cryptocurrency exchanges and their accountability to their stakeholders and regulators.

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Benson Mawira

Benson is a blockchain reporter who has delved into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.His area of expertise is the cryptocurrency markets, fundamental and technical analysis.With his insightful coverage of everything in Financial Technologies, Benson has garnered a global readership.

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