Bill Allowing Residents To Pay Taxes In Crypto Passes Arizona House Committee
A bill that would allow state residents to pay their taxes with cryptocurrencies has passed a key committee in the Arizona House of Representatives.
Arizona law requires bills to pass three readings. The House Ways and Means Committee gave its approval to SB 1901 last month after the bill passed the Arizona State Senate on Feb. 8. It now will proceed to the House floor for a vote.
The bill has been subject to revision, notably expanding the number of altcoins that could be used for tax payments to include “LiteCoin or any other [recognized] cryptocurrency.” SB 1901 also specifies that the state government must convert crypto payments to US dollars “at the prevailing rate” after receipt.
The Arizona government has already passed some laws pertaining to Blockchain adoption in the state. Last April, HB 2417 legally recognized Blockchain signatures and the enforceability of smart contracts. HB 2603, which allows corporations to hold and share data on a distributed ledger, was signed into state law on April 3.
Liberal cryptocurrency and Blockchain legislation is making inroads into other US states. Illinois is currently considering a House Bill similar to Arizona’s that would accept payment for taxes in cryptocurrency.
In March, Wyoming passed a series of legislation that absolves virtual currencies from state property taxation, and frees certain Blockchain tokens from securities regulations.
Just last week, the California state legislature advanced legislation that would allow corporations to record stock ownership and transfers on “one or more distributed networks.”