Ohio set to become first state to allow use of bitcoin to pay taxes

Starting this week, Ohio will allow businesses to use bitcoin to pay taxes, State Treasurer Josh Mandel said in a Wall Street Journal article published today.

Mandel’s office is planning to make a public announcement Monday.

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The move would make Ohio the first state in the nation to accept the cryptocurrency for tax bills.

“Beginning this week, Ohio businesses will be able to go to the website OhioCrypto.com and register to pay everything from cigarette sales taxes to employee withholding taxes with bitcoin. Eventually, the initiative will expand to individual filers,” the article says.
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“I do see [bitcoin] as a legitimate form of currency,” Mr. Mandel told the Journal, adding that he hopes other states will follow suit.

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, or a digital token, that can be sent electronically and directly from peer to peer.

There is no physical backing and it is a decentralized currency — meaning it is not controlled by any government or banking entity. Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency ever created, and remains the most popular one to date.

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Mandel told the Journal he is “confident that this cryptocurrency initiative will continue” after he leaves office in January.

State Rep. Robert Sprague won election earlier this month to replace Mandel as state treasurer.

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