Colorado wants to be First State to Accept Crypto for Taxes

Colorado wants to be First State to Accept Crypto for Taxes


    Colorado wants to become the first state to let residents pay their taxes with cryptocurrency. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he’s hopeful state residents can pay their taxes with crypto, and he wants it to happen soon. Governor Jared Polis is a long-time supporter of crypto and as a congressman, he was the first US politician to accept campaign donations in Bitcoin.



“I’d be thrilled to be the first state to let you pay your taxes in a variety of cryptos,” Mr. Polis told Coindesk’s Consensus 2021 virtual conference.

“Colorado is and will be the center for blockchain innovation in the United States, attracting investments and good jobs and innovators in infrastructure, digital identity, (and) individual data security in the private and public sector.”


As a congressman, Polis became the first politician to legally accept campaign donations in bitcoin after a favorable 2014 FEC ruling. In response to a U.S. senator who was more interested in banning bitcoin than building a federal structure to support cryptocurrencies, Polis satirically suggested a ban on U.S. dollars by replacing each instance of BTC in the Senator’s letter with “dollar bills.”


“The exchange of dollar bills, including high denomination bills, is currently unregulated and has allowed users to participate in illicit activity,” he wrote.


Since he trolled legislators on Capitol Hill, Polis has become the Rocky Mountain State’s chief executive, and he sounded excited to be at the forefront of accommodating legislation for crypto.


“Colorado is and will be the center for blockchain innovation in the United States, attracting investments and good jobs and innovators in infrastructure, digital identity, [and] individual data security in the private and public sector,” he said.


    One huge step would be to allow Coloradoans to pay state taxes with digital assets. Pilots in other states haven’t gone so well. In 2018, companies in Ohio were able to pay taxes through OhioCrypto.com, with processor BitPay converting the bitcoin payments to dollars for the treasurer’s office. Arizona and Illinois considered accepting crypto for tax payments but advocates failed to push through legislation. The Ohio program ended in 2019 under new treasurer Robert Sprague, who said that only 10 companies had used OhioCrypto.com to pay taxes. A short-lived program in Seminole County, Fla., ended sometime after the county treasurer was arrested.

    With far more infrastructure for crypto today, however, the adoption of state tax payments seems more plausible, and Polis sounded eager to be at the front of the pack. As a next step, he said he would speak to Colorado’s director of revenue, Mark Ferrandino.

    He also joked that “Colorado has better nightlife than Wyoming,” a neighboring crypto-friendly state, spurring a response from Wyoming’s leading champion in the blockchain community, Caitlin Long.



    Colorado would not be the first state to try and integrate cryptocurrencies: in 2018 the state of Ohio started to allow businesses – but not individuals – to pay their taxes in digital currency, but only 10 companies used it and it was shut down a year later.

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