Digital Currencies: Where to from here? explores the most popular of the digital currencies, Bitcoin, and outlines the current state of play in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. In addition to explaining how digital currencies work and examining the implications that they have on our tax and financial systems, the paper looks at the roadblocks currently preventing digital currencies from obtaining “mainstream” acceptance, and poses the question “Is it the future or is it a fad, and where to from here?”
There is no doubt that digital currencies are not a fad, they are here to stay. They offer businesses and retailers faster, safer, cheaper processing and potentially enable them to tap into new markets. However, digital currencies pose challenges for Governments in areas such as banking regulation, consumer protection and tax. Also, due to the anonymity that their use affords, digital currencies are often associated with organised crime and terrorist financing activities.
For accountants and auditors, one challenge is that owners of the currency are not personally identified or traceable but, on the flipside, the distributed ledger (called the blockchain) is transparent, displaying to everyone all transactions. Download your copy.