Lugano Now Accepts Tax Payments in Bitcoin and Tether


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Lugano, a picturesque Swiss city nestled on the shores of Lake Lugado, is making waves in the financial world by becoming one of the first municipalities to embrace digital currencies for tax payments. The city’s forward-thinking approach underscores the growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies in traditional financial systems.

Lugano Recognizes the Benefits of Bitcoin and Tether

As announced, Lugano has opened its doors to Bitcoin (BTC) and Tether (USDT) as legitimate forms of payment for municipal taxes. This decision aligns with the global trend of integrating digital assets into mainstream financial activities.

Notably, the move is not merely symbolic, as it reflects Lugano’s recognition of the benefits cryptocurrencies offer. Bitcoin, the pioneering cryptocurrency, is known for its decentralized nature and security features. Tether, a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar, provides stability in a volatile market, making it an attractive option for businesses and individuals.

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Significantly, Lugano’s decision to accept cryptocurrency payments is not just a nod to innovation. It also streamlines the tax payment process.

Digital currencies enable faster transactions, eliminate the need for intermediaries, and reduce the risk of fraud. This efficiency aligns with Lugano’s commitment to providing its residents with a modern and convenient way to fulfill their civic responsibilities.

Lugano’s Plan B Initiative

Meanwhile, Lugano’s groundbreaking move is part of its Plan B, to transform the city’s financial infrastructure to blockchain technology utilizing Bitcoin as the base layer. Also, Swiss institutional-grade cryptocurrency platform Bitcoin Suisse has shown support for Lugano’s Plan B initiative, as its technical partner.

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Lugano’s residents will pay taxes or services with Bitcoin via the Swiss QR bill by scanning the code on the invoice. Also, residents can pay the taxes with their preferred mobile wallet and the selected cryptocurrency.

As digital currencies continue to gain traction, such initiatives will likely become more commonplace. Lugano’s example serves as a beacon, guiding other cities and governments in navigating the unknown waters of cryptocurrency integration into the mainstream economy.

Lugano Aims to Expand its Fintech Operations

Recall that in 2022, Lugano planned crypto adoption with tax payments after partnering with Tether Operations Limited.

Both parties established a center of excellence for blockchain adoption, aiming to make it a European blockchain hub. The partnership aims to demonstrate real-world use cases of the technology by practically implementing it in the local community.

The relationship with Tether will help the city to scale up its fintech operations and growth. According to Lugano Mayor Michele Foletti, the city has been involved in crypto and blockchain technology in the past few years. 

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