Citizens of the Swiss city of Lugano can now settle their tax bills and other community fees with bitcoin and the stablecoin tether. By adding crypto to payment options, Lugano joins three other Swiss cities and cantons which already accept crypto payments.
Accelerating the Use of Bitcoin
The Swiss city of Lugano announced on Dec. 5 that it has added cryptocurrencies to its list of acceptable payment options. This means that city residents can now settle tax bills and all other community fees with Bitcoin (BTC) or the stablecoin USDT.
Previously, Lugano residents could only use this payment option for transactions made on the city’s online platform. However, according to a statement from Bitcoin Suisse, previous restrictions have been removed. Residents can now use crypto to settle regardless of the nature of the service rendered or the amount invoiced.
Commenting on the city of Lugano’s decision to accept crypto payments, Armin Schimd, the chief product officer at the crypto-native pioneer and trusted gateway Bitcoin Suisse said:
We are delighted to support the city of Lugano in accelerating the use of Bitcoin technology as the foundation to transform the city’s financial infrastructure. It is great to see that more and more Swiss municipalities are offering payments in cryptocurrencies as an option available to both citizens and companies, complementing traditional payment methods such as post office counters or e-banking platforms.
According to a statement, Lugano has become one of the first cities to accept cryptocurrencies as a payment option, making payments more flexible and modern for everyone. Other Swiss cities that have similarly embraced crypto payments include Zug, the Canton of Zug, and the municipality of Zermatt.
By taking this step, Lugano aims to integrate blockchain and BTC into various aspects of daily life in the city. Bitcoin Suisse is the Swiss city’s technical infrastructure provider.
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