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Ohio Attorney General Argues Against Bringing Back Bitcoin For Ohio Tax Payments

Michael Wuensch

This tax season, the state of Ohio is no longer accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment from businesses. Ohio's attorney general is making it clear that he's firmly against the idea of bringing back cryptocurrency as a way to pay taxes.

The state website OhioCrypto.com lasted for about 10 months before Yost said in a legal opinion that the program was created illegally.

The state's board of deposit would have to revive the program. Yost, a member of that board, says everyone can count him as a "no" vote.

"There is no reason for you to pay your tax liability or any other liability you have to the state of Ohio with anything other than good old United States dollars," Yost said during a forum of Ohio's statewide officeholders.

Josh Mandel, former state treasurer, said he created the program to show Ohio was embracing cryptocurrency. But his successor Treasurer Robert Sprague says he doesn't have any plans to bring it back.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.