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Swiss Canton Zug to Accept Taxes in Bitcoin, Ether From Next Year

Citizens and companies in Zug will be able to pay up to $109,000 of their tax bill in either bitcoin or ether starting next February.

Sep 3, 2020 at 10:46 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:51 a.m. UTC

Authorities in the Swiss canton of Zug plan to begin accepting taxes in cryptocurrency from the start of next year.

  • From next February, citizens and companies based in Zug will be able to pay up to 100,000 CHF (around $109,000) of their taxes in either bitcoin (BTC) or ether (ETH).
  • No partial payments in cryptocurrency will be accepted.
  • For the initiative, authorities have partnered with the Zug-based crypto broker and custodian Bitcoin Suisse, which will convert cryptocurrency payments into Swiss francs and hand them over to the tax office.
  • Zug is home to "Crypto Valley," a loose association of cryptocurrency companies based in the canton.
  • In a statement Thursday, Zug Finance Director Heinz Tannler said the move would help to normalize the use of cryptocurrencies in everyday life.
  • A pilot of the tax scheme is set to be trialed in the coming weeks, ahead of the planned February 2021 launch.

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