Ohio Sets Up Portal To Accept Bitcoin For Tax Payments

As a way to make the payment of taxes easy, the office of the Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has set up a cryptocurrency tax payment portal.

The new portal, Ohiocrypto.com explains that the latest develoment puts Ohio ahead of other state, when it comes to using crytocurency to pay taxes.

Ohio has become the first state in the United States, and one of the first governments in the world, to accept cryptocurrency.

“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.” the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. “Eventually, the initiative will expand to individual filers.”

More so, there are 23 types of Taxes cryptocurrency can be used to pay for.

They are: 911 wireless, cigarette / other tobacco products, commercial activity, consumer’s use, direct pay permit, financial institution, interest on lawyers trust accounts, international fuel tax agreement, kilowatt hour, motor vehicle fuel, municipal net profits, municipal tax electric light & telephone, natural gas distribution, non-resident motor vehicle sales tax, pass-thru entity tax, petroleum activity, premium insurance tax, public utilities tax, sales tax, seller’s use tax, severance tax, streamlined sales tax, and withholding tax.

Further more, the website also listed the benefits of paying with cryptocurrency.

Firstly, it is “quick and easy” for taxpayers and there are three steps to follow when doing this: registering on the website, entering tax payment amounts and tax period dates, and then using “your compatible cryptocurrency wallet to pay the invoice with bitcoin.”

Secondly, payments are tracked in “real-time on the blockchain.” Thirdly, they are secured as “Cryptocurrencies cannot be transferred to third parties without user initiation,” the site notes, adding that transparency is another benefit since “anyone can view all transactions on the blockchain.” Furthermore, there are mobile options allowing taxpayers to make payments on their phones or tablets. The website also notes that “A minimal fee is charged to confirm transactions on the blockchain network.”

Bitpay and Compatible Wallets

Regarding which cryptocurrencies are accepted, the Ohiocrypto website clarifies, “Taxpayers can currently pay their taxes with Ohiocrypto.com in bitcoin,” adding “the Treasurer’s office looks forward to adding more cryptocurrencies in the future.”  The Treasury’s Office emphasizes:

At no point will the Treasurer’s office hold cryptocurrency. Payments made on Ohiocrypto.com, through our third party cryptocurrency payment processor partner Bitpay, are immediately converted to USD before being deposited into a state account.
Bitpay usually processes both BTC and BCH payments. However, BCH payment processing is unavailable at this time due to the Nov. 15 hard fork of the BCH network. “Bitpay has temporarily paused bitcoin cash payment processing until we determine that customers can pay safely,” the company wrote.

In general, to pay taxes using either BTC or BCH, taxpayers need to use compatible wallets which both the Ohiocrypto website and Bitpay have listed. Compatible wallets include Bitpay’s own wallet, Copay wallet, Btc.com wallet, Mycelium wallet, Edge wallet (formerly Airbitz), Electrum wallet, Bitcoin Core wallet, Bitcoin.com wallet, BRD wallet (breadwallet), and Electron Cash Wallet.

“First, select the cryptocurrency you’d like to pay in from the drop-down and select either bitcoin or bitcoin cash (currently unavailable at this time),” the payment instruction on the Ohiocrypto website reads. The website further describes:

Our third-party cryptocurrency payment processor locks an exchange rate (USD to BTC or BCH)

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