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New Zealand Becomes First Country to Support Crypto-Salaries

New Zealand has taken another step toward digitalising the workplace. As of 1 September, employers can now remunerate workers using cryptocurrency.

The Inland Revenue Department has permitted companies to pay salaries and wages through blockchain-based currencies such as Bitcoin. This makes New Zealand the first country in the world to support crypto-salaries as an option.

The revenue agency announced it would tax crypto-salaries after it recognised a number of similarities between digital currencies and money: characteristics such as being “divisible” and “hard to counterfeit,” the agency said.

The value of the crypto-asset should be pegged to one or more fiat currencies, the agency ruled. Crypto-salaries must also be easily convertible into fiat currency (on an exchange).

Taxes will be deducted following the pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) scheme. Crypto-salaries, however, need to be disbursed as regular and fixed remuneration for work rendered by employees. Self-employed taxpayers will not be covered by the new option.

The adoption of cryptocurrency as a medium of payment for salaries and wages represents a remarkable shift for New Zealand into the Industry 4.0 era.

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This article was originally published in HR Tech News.