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Próspera Economic Zone in Honduras Officially Recognizes Bitcoin as a Unit of Account

Less than two years after embracing Bitcoin as an official currency, Próspera, a special economic zone located in Roatan, Honduras, has taken a bold step by officially recognizing Bitcoin as a unit of account.

This means that Bitcoin can now be used as a measure of the market value of goods and services within the zone.

The driving force behind this significant development is Jorge Colindres, who serves as the acting manager and tax commissioner of Próspera Zone for Employment and Economic Development (ZEDE).

On January 5th, Colindres spearheaded the initiative, marking a groundbreaking moment for the economic zone.

In a post on January 7th, shared on a platform similar to Twitter, Colindres explained the motive behind this move, stating, “At @ProsperaZEDE we believe in the right to financial freedom and monetary freedom.

People should be free to carry out transactions, do their accounting, and report taxes in the currency of their free choice.”

This recognition allows Bitcoin to serve as a monetary unit for assessing the market value of various goods and services within the Próspera zone.

However, Colindres acknowledged certain limitations preventing the immediate implementation of the “Final BTC Tax Payment Procedure.”

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These limitations include technological constraints within the eGovernance system and external regulatory issues.

For the time being, entities opting to pay taxes in Bitcoin will calculate their tax liabilities internally in BTC but report them to Próspera ZEDE in United States dollars or the Honduran lempira.

Once these issues are resolved, these entities will have the opportunity to report and pay their tax liabilities directly in Bitcoin.

To utilize Bitcoin as their unit of account, interested parties must submit a notice to Próspera’s tax commission within 30 days of the relevant tax period, and this notice should reference an approved cryptocurrency exchange, such as Coinbase or Kraken.

Próspera ZEDE was launched in May 2020 on the northern island of Roatan and took a significant step by making Bitcoin legal tender in April 2022.

This decision followed in the footsteps of El Salvador, which made Bitcoin legal tender nationwide in September 2021.

Colindres proudly described Próspera ZEDE as one of the “most competitive special regimes” in Latin America, highlighting its impressive track record of attracting over $100 million in investments and creating over 3,000 jobs across the country during its three-year tenure.

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