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Colorado: first US state to accept Bitcoin for taxes

Colorado residents will now have the option of paying taxes in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies

Colorado adds Bitcoin for paying taxes

Yesterday, it was announced that in the state of Colorado, US, taxes will be able to be paid in Bitcoin and other crypto.

To do so, the only condition is that the payment will have to go exclusively through a PayPal account.

This represents a big step forward for the entire community and, especially, for Colorado, which is the first state in the US to advance such an initiative. 

According to Axios Denver reports, the news was already anticipated on Monday by Colorado Governor Jared Polis during Denver Startup Week. 

According to the statement, the taxes covered by this new service are: 

  • personal income tax;
  • corporate income tax;
  • sales and use tax;
  • withholding tax;
  • severance tax;
  • excise tax on fuel.

The state government’s Department of Revenue has already added “cryptocurrencies” to the list of supported payment methods. Along with crypto, the ever-present credit and debit cards and cash will be present. 

The same department is keen to specify that:

“Only PayPal Personal accounts can pay using cryptocurrency. The user needs to have the entire value of their invoice in a single cryptocurrency in their PayPal Cryptocurrencies Hub.”

Citizens who decide to take advantage of crypto to pay their taxes in the country will have a fee added to them of $1. To this will be added another fee of 1.83% of the entire amount.

However, Colorado has decided not to hold Bitcoin and other crypto. Instead, it opted for instant conversion to fiat currency. Certainly, to eliminate exposure to the high volatility of the crypto market

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From now on, Bitcoin can be used to pay taxes in Colorado

The relationship between the United States and cryptocurrencies 

The United States is putting a lot of effort into becoming one of the most crypto-friendly places in the world. In addition, decisions such as Colorado’s are helpful to the industry because they pave the way toward mass adoption

More economic incentives would be required to push people to adopt cryptocurrencies in their daily lives. 

Access needs to be easy and more convenient than other payment methods. 

In the United States, Colorado is not the only country working on the development of the cryptocurrency market. In fact, it is worth mentioning the case of Texas, which, thanks to the provision of low-cost energy, is trying to attract as many companies as possible doing crypto mining

The goal is to become the main hub and global benchmark for this industry. 

US market and stock exchange regulators are certainly not making the job easy. Increasingly stringent regulation is being sought, requiring excessive control and monitoring. Factors that do not go too well with the decentralized nature and ideology of cryptocurrencies.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for example, is fighting with gritted teeth in order to win the never-ending battle against Ripple. The outcome of that case will be crucial to the future of the market itself, because it will open or close the door to the biggest threat of many existing cryptocurrencies: falling under the definition of security.”

Eliano Martellucci
Eliano Martellucci
Eliano has a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration and is about to complete his master's studies in Finance at the University of Trento (UNITN). He got hooked on the crypto and blockchain world during the summer of 2017 and has not left it since then. He currently works as editor & SEO specialist at Cryptonomist, writes articles and invests, both in Blue Chip and early stage assets. Furthermore, he is working on his latest thesis project entitled: "A Study on crypto market Sentiment Analysis through Machine Learning algorithms in python."