Effective January 31, Bitcoin and other digital currencies are considered legal tender in the State of Wyoming, which means they are as good as the United States dollar for the purpose of settling monetary transactions. Wyoming Senate file 0125 was introduced on January 18 and passed less than two weeks later after its third reading and with a significant number of votes in favor. The bill aims to classify digital assets as virtual currencies, securities or consumer assets, which from now on will be defined as intangible personal property; in other words, the same as money.
Changed in Wyoming Law Regarding Cryptocurrencies
In addition to cryptocurrencies getting legal status in Wyoming, the legislature has also directed state banks to start providing custodial services for clients who hold digital assets; this is expected to begin in March 2019, and it may pave the way for special accounts holding cryptocurrency.
Here are some details about the other five cryptocurrency laws enacted in Wyoming last year:
- Individuals who engage in cryptocurrency trading and development are not subject to state securities regulation.
- Digital currency exchanges are exempt from the laws and rules that govern money transmitters.
- Since blockchain tokens are intangible personal property similar to cash, they cannot be taxed unless they are received as income.
- The corporate code was amended for the purpose of allowing a new kind of limited liability company formation that may prove attractive to digital currency businesses.
- State corporation records can now be kept in a blockchain application as long as they meet certain technical requirements.
For Wyoming Representative Tyler Lindholm, enacting laws that are friendly to cryptocurrency development is part of a state effort to foster economic diversity. As the situation stands, Wyoming has become the state with the most comprehensive legislation and regulation related to cryptocurrencies, and this has already attracted a few financial technology startups setting up shop.