The announcement was made this afternoon at Lugano’s Plan B event.Read MoreFeedzy
The move goes far beyond the actions of a number of other Swiss localities that for some time have been accepting crypto for tax payments. Somewhat similar to El Salvador, Lugano – in addition to allowing crypto for taxes – is aiming to have all of its businesses seamlessly use crypto for everyday transactions (in El Salvador, only bitcoin qualifies).
At Thursday’s “Plan B” event, which was hosted by Lugano’s mayor, Michele Foletti, the move was described as a “de facto” legalization, as the Swiss franc will surely remain the actual legal tender in Lugano and elsewhere in Switzerland.
Also announced at Plan B were plans for the Bitcoin World Forum to be held in Lugano on Oct. 26-28.
Switzerland’s ninth-largest city with a population just over 62,000, Lugano is in the Italian-speaking southern part of the country.
UPDATE (March 3, 18:20 UTC): Added additional details of the event in third graph.
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