Thirteen hours ago Litecoin’s founder, Charlie Lee, reintroduced a partnership to his nearly 800K followers via his personal twitter. Coinbase, the US’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, signed a partnership deal with Shift Card back in late 2015. Shift Card works with over 38 million global merchants, which allows Coinbase users able to spend their Bitcoin(BTC), Ethereum(ETH), and Litecoin(LTC) virtually anywhere.

FYI: Coinbase’s Shift Visa debit card can be linked to any wallet in your Coinbase account. So in addition to BTC, it can be set up to deduct from your LTC (or ETH/BCH) wallet. #PayWithLitecoin https://t.co/BkdDg2XpX2

— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) April 23, 2018

Lee then answered a few questions that his followers had saying:

Only put coins there that you are going to spend. Think of it as your checking account. Keep the rest safely stored elsewhere.

— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) April 23, 2018

There have been both positive and negative feedback on spending cryptocurrency for smaller daily payments. Wayne Willette responded positively to the post by saying:

This is awesome. I actually already have a Shift debit card from a Dwolla account I have. I just opened my app and linked my Coinbase account and attached my LTC wallet. Thanks Charlie!

— WW (@wayne_willette) April 23, 2018

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The Drawback

The main issue that is currently holding back many cryptocurrency investors from spending their cryptocurrency on a daily basis, is capital gains tax. When we buy a coffee with our native currency sales tax is immediately taken out, but if you spend cryptocurrency to buy coffee you must keep track of it to add to your taxes at the end of the year.

Not many people want to take that extra step and have to account for every single dollar they spent in cryptocurrency, on top of everything else that needs to be added to their taxes. I don’t blame them, as taxes are already confusing enough. While you can easily just print out a statement of everything you’ve spent on your shift card, the extra hassle and step aren’t worth it for most.

There may be a solution to this on the horizon, which would aid in mass adoption and the higher likelihood of cryptocurrency being used daily.

Indeed. I hope they pass a bill that lets you spend small amounts tax-free.

— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) April 23, 2018

If the US would allow small cryptocurrency payments to be tax-free, I believe there would be a shift and cryptocurrency investors would use these debit cards more frequently. Thoughts? Concerns? Solutions?

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