The BCH mining tax reform has been controversial and sparked plenty of criticism from miners, and Roger Ver appears to be publicly taking a backseat to the controversy. The “infrastructure funding plan” would see miners donate a percentage of all block rewards to a vague new entity. Previously listed as one of the plan’s initial proposers, Ver has reiterated his stance on the mining tax proposal, saying neither he nor Bitcoin.com endorsed the controversial approach to spurring the development of the BCH ecosystem.
In a YouTube video, Ver addressed the original BCH Infrastructure Funding Plan (IFP), aka mining tax: “I didn’t sign this nor did I agree to have my name on it when it went out. Bitcoin.com didn’t sign it, it went out without our approval. There was a misunderstanding and lack of communication.”
Ver’s Bitcoin.com earlier released a statement saying it “will not go through with supporting any plan unless there is more agreement in the ecosystem such that the risk of a chain split is negligible.” The company Bitcoin.com urged transparency, flexibility, and unity, suggesting that a lack of ecosystem agreement risks a split in the chain, though they seem to be looking for ways to fund further development.
The statement ends with a call for more flexibility: “A permanent proposal would be in effect a carte blanche on development and would incentivize “development for development’s sake,” which would defeat the purpose of the fundraising […] to create fast, reliable, digital cash upon a stable, largely unchanging, economically rational Bitcoin protocol.”
In reaction to this, ABC developers proposed to reduce miner tax from 12.5% to 5% with the funds going to a list of selected whitelist projects. Ver, however, was not impressed with the reduction, declaring that the percentage was still arbitrary and suggested that more discussions need to be done.