ALERT: Momentum For Digital Dollars And Tax Expertise

ALERT: Momentum For Digital Dollars And Tax Expertise

On June 30, 2020 the US Senate Committee On Banking, Housing And Urban Affairs heard the testimony of the Chris Giancarlo. Mr. Giancarlo formerly served as Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and now is Founder of the Digital Dollar Project. He made three important observations ‘”you should read” in his testimony to the US Senate:

1) America’s financial infrastructure has fallen behind times

2) The world is entering an era when things of value, such as money, contracts, stock certificates, land records, cultural assets like art and music, our votes and even our personal identities will be managed and stored in a secure way. While the first wave of the internet is known as the Internet Of Information, the new wave is called the Internet Of Value.

3) The third observation is that, unless we act, this coming wave of the Internet will place an enormous strain on our aged, centralized financial systems. If we do act, however, we can harness this wave of innovation for greater financial inclusion, capital and operational efficiency and economic growth for generations to come.

According to a Forbes article written by Tatiana Koffman, several prominent names in finance and business  believe that Bitcoin can evolve to become a global market asset. Bitcoin’s market cap is already over 350 Billion and has surpassed the size of global corporations like Mastercard and CocaCola.

Another prominent financial professional to testify during  the same Senate Banking Committee hearing is Charles Cascarilla, CEO and Co-Founder of Paxos who also provided his testimony. Mr. Cascarilla testified the digitization of money and payments can address the systematic issues that exist in the antiquated plumbing of our financial and banking system.

Six months later on January 4, 2021, the US Senior Deputy Comptroller & Chief Counsel issued a statement that banks may now validate, store, and record payment transactions by serving as a node on an INVN (Independent Node Verification Network) and use INVN’s and related stablecoins (serve as electronic dollars) to carry out other bank-permissable payment activities, consistent with applicable law and safe and sound banking practices.

Read the US Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Report here.

Bitcoin is one of the first digital currencies to use peer-to-peer technology to facilitate instant payments. In 2010, Bitcoin was offered for .05 per coin and today that one Bitcoin is worth $39,710.80.  Bitcoin was the wakeup call and FinTech 24/7 services like PayPal, Venmo, Zelle and Circle Pay(used for sending money to other countries) have been advancing the financial system into the next century. The Federal Reserve and Banks have realized the financial system is being taken over by tech and reinvented right in front of our eyes. The US has been behind when it comes to advancing the financial infrastructure but this is fast changing.

Now the US government and private sector are working together to transform the US financial infrastructure. The goal is to catch up with other countries who have already made changes. As a result, many proposals have already been introduced to Congress including: H.R. 6154 Cryptocurrency Act of 2020; H.R. 8153 Blockchain Innovation Act; H.R. 8524 Blockchain Records And Transactions Act Of 2020; H.R. 6154 Crypto-Currency Act Of 2020 and there are many more.

Countries like Sweden are almost entirely cashless. In India, you can use your fingerprint or iris scan to access money. Dozens of central banks have started looking at whether to issue digital currencies. But only a few have run trials and none has gone as far as China, which appears set to become the first country to put a central-bank digital currency (CBDC) into limited use. A report by Modern Consensus reveals the top 10 countries with the highest levels of everyday crypto use. With Ukraine topping the list, the other countries are: Russia, Venezuela, China, Kenya, the U.S., South Africa, Nigeria, Colombia, and Vietnam. Overall, the company said that its findings show “excitement around cryptocurrency as an investment and, especially in the developing world, as a means of value storage and medium of exchange.”

Individuals and businesses holding cash will one day soon discover they can no longer pay bills in cash. Digital dollars greatly benefits governments in tracing taxpayer revenue so government authorities can collect more tax revenue. Businesses that run primarily on cash transactions such as art, bars, restaurants, farmers markets, shoe repairs, dry cleaners, beauty salons, nail salons, designers, drugs, construction, and a cup of coffee will feel the impact.

Individuals and businesses utilizing cash transactions to avoid taxes will no longer be able to do so with the digital dollar financial payment system. Taxpayers will one day need to place cash earnings to a bank account which will convert to digital dollars to pay bills. Every cash transaction in business will be recorded and reported and accessible to the IRS. Once the financial infrastructure for digital dollars is built, it will be an easy revenue capture for tax authorities worldwide.

In the future, expect the Federal Reserve will create digital dollars and they will maintain your  “Digital Dollar Wallet Account” most likely called a Fed Account. Eventually cash will stop being circulated and the government will have even more control over your bank accounts. Cash to digital dollars has been in the planning and implementation stages for some time. It is an easy transition from debit cards to digital dollar transactions.

More than ever, taxpayers will need to find a tax professional and ask tax questions of tax experts who can help them. TaxConnections is working with our members to bring educational courses on digital dollars and tax revenue to our entire community.

We encourage tax professionals to become a TaxConnections Member TODAY. We make certain you are seen by a steady stream of taxpayers searching for tax expertise with a wide range of tax expertise through the TaxConnections platform.

Tax Professionals with blockchain and cryptocurrency experience are most welcome to our network as we will refer new business clients and opportunities to you.

Kat Jennings, CEO 858.999.0053 X100

Kat Jennings, TaxConnections, CEO and Founder and Advisory Team provides three areas of services: 1) Internationally recognized, retained executive search services for multinational corporations, public accounting firms, and law firms; 2) Introductions of sellers to buyers of small and medium size accounting firms; and 3) Provide brand building and education services that support and prepare accounting firm owners to buy/sell an accounting practice. We focus on educating the journey to sell a practice and how to increase firm revenue prior to any sale. Our program ensures you start years prior to a sale by learning what is expected of you during the selling process, and introducing firm Partners to cross selling opportunities that are easy to implement and reduce your workload at the same time. We introduce you to value added connections to smartly grow revenue in your accounting practice.

Kat Jennings has been retained by organizations worldwide to locate tax professionals with highly specialized tax knowledge and expertise. She has a thorough understanding of the tax business community, with a proven record of stellar performances matching professionals with organizations. Bringing two parties together to work successfully is the art of understanding personalities, cultural fit, expectations by both parties, flexible or inflexible work environments, understanding what drives and motivates each party, and revolves around the personality and ethics of each executive team.

Kat is a widely recognized expert in high level, tax executive search, as well as connecting buyers and sellers of accounting firms. TaxConnections provides and educates small to medium size accounting firms owners and Partners how to prepare and sell their firms so they can build a succession plan for their retirement. With larger firms seeking to acquire smaller accounting practices, there is a real need to help firm owners prepare to be acquired. Most firm owners are unaware they are not ready to sell when they decide to retire. TaxConnections educates firm owners’ what they need to do years in advance of selling an accounting firm practice.
Senior tax executives expect the utmost privacy when being introduced to multinational organizations about a new tax opportunity under consideration. Having said that, companies searching for a new head of tax expecting tax executive candidates to submit their resume through a resume portal, will never see a full slate of outstanding tax executives available due to a candidates’ desire for greater privacy. This is why privacy focused Uber Tax Recruiters consistently outperform in-house recruiters on tax executive searches.

We offer our clients a Performance Retainer Agreement arrangement so their HR department can still recruit and compete with the tax candidates we present on Head of Tax searches. The client pays us a partial fee upfront, and if they find a candidate they deem better than we introduce to them, we forfeit the final fee. Most of the time, they love and prefer our private introductions to tax executive candidates better than what they source through their own resume portals.

When we represent selling/buying small to medium-sized firms, firm owners/partners also demand greater privacy when considering the sale of their practice. TaxConnections provides a safe place to discuss their business needs, elevate their practices’ online reputation, and increase revenue through new streams of business development by outsourcing work and partnering with other firms. Over three decades, we have worked tirelessly to build relationships between firm owners most organizations rarely have access to in the world of tax. There are numerous possibilities you may never have considered previously to bolster the value of your practice and service offerings.

As a globally recognized consultant to multinational organizations, accounting firms, and law firms searching for tax expertise, Kat has been retained by public accounting firms, law firms, and corporations worldwide including Apple Computer, AC Neilson, Accenture, Agilent Technologies, Allergan, Alza, American Express, American Media, Aon, Baker & McKenzie, Barclays Bank, Bechtel, Cargill, Carl Zieuss Vision, Century Aluminum, Chevron, Clorox, Citigroup, Commercials Metals, Constellation Energy, Countrywide, Del Monte, Deloitte Touche, DFS, DLA Piper, E&J Gallo Winery, Electronic Arts, Ernst &Young, Fox Entertainment, Fremont Investments, General Electric,General Motors, Herbalife, Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, Intel, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kimco Realty, KLA Tencor, Koch Industries, KPMG, Levi Strauss, Liberty Mutual, LKQ, Loews, Logitech, Lucas Film, Maersk, McKesson, Nalco, Newell Rubbermaid, Nissan, Oracle, Orbitax, Pacific Gas & Electric, PwC, QAD, SAIC, SanDisk, Sanmina, Sempra Energy, SONY, Synopsys, Ticketmaster, Trimble Navigation, Toyota, Univar, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, Vertex, Yahoo, Xilinx, and many more not listed here.
Contact Kat at 858,999.0053 Office/858.232.4415 Cell or to request a private consultation regarding the sale of your practice, adding top talent to your organization, or merging your practice with another firm owner with a book of business. The possibilities are endless; if you have a dream of a new vision for your professional life; we will scout opportunities throughout the market to make it happen.

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