Mexico's Payment Restrictions Now Cover Bitcoin

Mexico's finance ministry has clarified its stance on bitcoin and placed a series of restrictions on transactions involving the digital currency.

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Mexico's Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) has clarified its stance on bitcoin, deeming it a means of payment whilst placing a series of restrictions on transactions involving the digital currency.

Following the Bank of Mexico's warning about the use of virtual currencies last year, the SHCP said bitcoin will be subject to the same restrictions placed on some transactions involving cash or precious metals.

A loosely translated version of the statement reads:

"According to guidelines focused on the risks of virtual currencies issued by Grupo de Accion Financiera Internacional (GAFI), the use of virtual goods on an international level has resulted in a new way of transferring value via the Internet. For this reason, it is necessary to take action on a national level to identify and lessen the risks that any of these instruments be used to launder money or finance terrorism."

It continues: "With this in mind, and taking into account the remit of this Administrative Unit, we include virtual goods in the prohibition stated in article 32 of LFPIORPI, so it is forbidden to fulfil obligations, and in general, liquidate or pay, as well as accept payment in virtual goods as stated in the aforementioned article."

Article 32 of Mexico's LFPIORPI – the country's federal law which sets out to prevent and identify operations transacted with illicit goods – states that the use of cash or precious metals to purchase property or goods is prohibited in certain instances.

Among others, one clause notes that neither cash nor precious metals shall be used when buying property equivalent to more than 8,025 times the minimum salary at the time of sale. Additionally, the same prohibition applies to vehicles worth more than 3,210 times the minimum salary.

The LFPIORPI, enacted by Mexico's former president Felipe Calderón, came into law in July 2013.

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