Another Swiss town now accepts bitcoin for tax payments

The Swiss municipality of Zermatt now lets residents pay their taxes in bitcoin.

The new payment option is being offered via crypto financial services firm Bitcoin Suisse, according to an announcement Wednesday. Zermatt is a small town with a population of nearly 6,000.

Using Bitcoin Suisse’s point-of-sale solution, installed in the Zermatt town hall, residents can pay local taxes in bitcoin. For online payments, they will have to apply to the Zermatt Tax Office for a crypto payment solution.

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Taxes paid in bitcoin will then be converted into Swiss francs by Bitcoin Suisse and be transferred to the municipality’s bank account, per the announcement.

“An innovative, pioneering spirit is one of the trademarks of Zermatt, which is why we are happy to support residents in providing them with the solutions they require,” said Romy Biner-Hauser, mayor of Zermatt.

Swiss city Zug also started accepting bitcoin for tax payments via Bitcoin Suisse in 2016. The Swiss municipality of Chiasso began the initiative in 2017. Chiasso, however, accepts bitcoin for small tax payments, up to a value of 250 Swiss francs ($256 or 0.028 bitcoin).

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