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Bahamian authorities hopes to permit residents to pay taxes with digital property in 2022

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Residents of the archipelago nation, the Bahamas, could quickly be capable to use digital property together with the world’s first central financial institution digital forex, or CBDC, to pay for taxes.

In a white paper on the way forward for digital property launched on Wednesday, the Bahamas’ Office of the Prime Minister mentioned the federal government will start to “enable payment of taxes using digital assets” by working with the nation’s central financial institution in addition to the non-public sector. In addition, the federal government plans to work on giving residents entry to crypto with the Bahamian greenback and encourage larger use of the nation’s CBDC, the Sand Dollar.

“The Government will endeavour to ensure that digital assets are not used for the evasion of taxes or sanctions, and will seek to ensure compliance with all applicable Tax information exchange agreements (TIEA) and domestic laws and agreed OECD standards,” mentioned the white paper.

In an effort to determine consistency throughout the branches of presidency, the Bahamas mentioned it would kind a digital asset coverage committee in addition to a digital advisory panel, or DAP. The former can be chaired by the prime minister — Philip Davis, on the time of publication — with the Financial Secretary, the Central Bank of The Bahamas governor, the manager director of the nation’s Securities Commission, and the DAP chair serving as members. The advisory panel will include consultants from the digital asset area “to keep digital assets and related digital developments, emerging trends, and associated risks constantly under review.”

“We have a vision to transform The Bahamas into the leading digital assets hub in the Caribbean and a global leader in the progressive regulation of businesses in this profoundly innovative space,” mentioned Davis, in keeping with Eyewitness News Bahamas. “While we recognize the extraordinary opportunities afforded by digital assets, we also recognize the risks, and thus we emphasize the importance of effective regulation.”

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In October 2020, the Bahamas grew to become the primary jurisdiction to totally roll out a CBDC.  The digital forex, the Sand Dollar, was geared toward driving larger monetary inclusion throughout the archipelago nation of greater than 700 islands, roughly 30 of that are inhabited. Major crypto alternate FTX has expanded to the nation by registering a Bahamian subsidiary in September 2021.