- Wyoming has taken active steps to bring Bitcoin (BTC) miners and other crypto companies into its local jurisdiction.
- Caitlin Long, a Wall Street veteran and CEO of Avanti, a digital asset bank, said that the latest bill in Wyoming has created a favorable legal environment.
- Cynthia Lummis cited long-term delays related to cryptocurrency reforms. She highlighted the risk of crypto companies “burning through the capital” to obtain permission to start their operations.
Although the US is continuously devising a lot of better ways through which they can include the crypto companies with the help of the infrastructure bill, Wyoming has taken active steps to bring Bitcoin (BTC) miners and other crypto companies into its local jurisdiction. When Wyoming passed around 24 bills that are related to blockchain technology, the idea of being friendly to cryptocurrencies surfaced in the state of Wyoming. Further, a recent CNBC report depicts that the state has passed laws that allow for the “early approval of new crypto banks”.
Caitlin Long, a Wall Street veteran and CEO of Avanti, a digital asset bank, said that the latest bill in Wyoming has created a favorable legal environment. Caitlin Long added:
“[Wyoming’s bill] just clarified that this industry is lawful and does exist in a recognized manner.”
But later, Long shared her concerns about the borderline cases of the crypto regulation in other states in America. In contrast, Wyoming does not impose a tax on personal income from cryptocurrencies but provides cheap energy resources to them and fast Internet connections. This is very suitable for mining Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies.
Cynthia Lummis On Wyoming’s Bill
Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming is one of the US senators proposing crypto amendments to the infrastructure bill. Senator Lummis was quoted by CNBC:
“The state [of Wyoming] is bringing in more revenue and tech jobs thanks to crypto. It could be a sandbox in action for [Washington] DC.”
Lummis also cited long-term delays related to cryptocurrency reforms. She highlighted the risk of crypto companies “burning through the capital” to obtain permission to start their operations. After the lawsuit, other states including Texas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Illinois, are now issuing their own crypto-friendly bills. Furthermore, the report depicts that the leadership of crypto companies, such as Kraken and Avanti have different beliefs. The developments have been led by Wyoming. This shows that now the other states and the federal government will be in constant pressure to innovate in a similar direction.
Texas and Wyoming are currently leading the competition to attract crypto banks and Bitcoin miners. They are targeting the miners who have recently been banned from operating in China. The infrastructure bill HR 3684 provides a framework for operating crypto businesses in the United States. However, the senators opposed the introduction of crypto tax rules. Thus, if changed, the bill may allow many cryptocurrency companies to bypass extensive reporting requirements. On the 6th of August, Janet Yellen, the Treasury Secretary vetoed the proposed amendment to the Infrastructure bill. At the same time, the White House announced that it would accept the changes proposed by Senators Rob Portman, Mark Warner, and Kyrsten Sinema. This will not include proof-of-mining and hardware and software wallet providers from tax reporting.
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