Avalara, a Seattle, Wash.-based provider of tax compliance automation for businesses that has already embraced bitcoin in its tax compliance engine, announced plans to explore blockchain technology during its conference in New Orleans Wednesday, according to Accounting Today.
Peter Horadan, executive vice president of engineering, compared blockchain to cell phones. He said it can be adapted to the work everyone does.
Horadan said Nasdaq has started to trade securities using blockchain technology. He said the blockchain can track asset ownership in a shared ledger, displaying whenever a company transfers money. The technology can also track transfers of real estate and other items.
Avalara Debuts Bitcoin Module
Avalara recently introduced a bitcoin module for its AvaTax compliance engine, according to CPA Practice Adviser. The feature will enable the calculation and accounting of sales tax for bitcoin transactions, allowing retailers, digital wallets, and other digital currency processors to calculate sales tax and VAT tax for bitcoin transactions in real-time.
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