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July 02, 2011, 03:05:24 AM
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Is there any tax disadvantages for merchants to accept foreign currency but not USD?

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July 02, 2011, 03:18:38 AM
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No, but when the currency is converted to cash and somehow held of record at a bank, I would recommend declaring it as income.

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July 02, 2011, 03:24:15 AM
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Is there any tax disadvantages for merchants to accept foreign currency but not USD?

The only tax disadvantage is the hassle of reporting the USD value of the income and attempting to value that against the exchange rate.
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July 02, 2011, 03:33:06 AM
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So I guess there is no legal worries should any merchants have.

And in the future the exchange rate hassles can be fixed automatically by the Quickbook or some software like that, as long as bitcoin is widely accepted.

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July 02, 2011, 04:12:09 AM
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There's no legal worries with any cash-only transactions. That's the point of cash. Its the failure to recognize it as income that is illegal.

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July 02, 2011, 04:33:25 AM
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Bitcoin != currency...

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July 02, 2011, 04:37:46 AM
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Bitcoins are == (are equal to) the points you get in a videogame.
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July 02, 2011, 04:49:42 AM
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for bitcoin != currency ... barter is taxable.

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July 02, 2011, 04:53:15 AM
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Is there any tax disadvantages for merchants to accept foreign currency but not USD?

You can accept what you agree to. But you *must* accept the legal tender for all debts.

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