Australia’s digital currency and blockchain sector together with the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association (ADCCA) today welcomed the Australian Government’s Budget announcement last night that the double-taxation of digital currency payments will be removed from July 1st, 2017.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”CEO of the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association, Nicholas Giurietto” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”Removal of the double-taxation of digital currency transactions is an important reform that will support the faster growth of this innovative sector of the economy.”[/perfectpullquote]
A similar change in Japan that took effect in April immediately prompted the announcement by Japanese payments providers of substantial investments allowing over 250,000 Point of Sale terminals to accept digital currency payments by the end of this year.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”Nicholas Giurietto” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”Importantly, it is not only digital currency businesses that will benefit from this change but the wider blockchain innovation sector. Removal of the double application of GST supports the development of smart contracts and micro-payments that will underpin new business models using blockchain technology.”[/perfectpullquote]
ADCCA Chairman, Ron Tucker, also welcomed the changes saying “the original reason that we formed ADCCA was to advocate for this much-needed change. Although ADCCA has broadened its scope to encourage blockchain innovation more broadly, it is very pleasing to see that this first goal of our association will soon be achieved.”
ADCCA has worked both formally and informally with Treasury officials to help build an understanding of the digital currency and blockchain sector and to help formulate the best approach to implement this reform.
“This GST reform is the first outcome of constructive engagement with government across a number of areas to support the growth of blockchain businesses in Australia”, said Giurietto. “We look forward to further collaboration to boost Australia’s competitiveness in this area even further.
The ADCA is the industry body that represents Australian businesses participating in the digital economy through blockchain technology.