Rise People Making Strides with Innovative Payment Currency, Bitcoin

Vancouver, BC - July 18, 2017 - Rise People, a new digital HR and group health insurance platform, announced today that its clients can now pay their employees in Bitcoin and other digital currencies, an inevitable trend among savvy workforces.

Rise’s Founder and CEO, Faiz Abdulla, says, “Digital currencies are changing the way people view and interact with currency and we’re excited to be helping our clients lead that change by enabling them to pay their employees in this way.”

Unlike fiat currencies such as the Canadian Dollar, digital currencies, known as cryptocurrencies, are managed by computer algorithms, not by any government or central bank. While there are several cryptocurrencies available, Bitcoin is by far the most popular.

Roy Breidi, a Rise client and co-founder at Montreal-based Shakepay, which offers a VISA debit card that enables cardholders to load and spend Bitcoin, says “Cryptocurrencies are the transaction medium of the future.” He added, “We offer our staff the option to take a percentage of their salary in the cryptocurrency of their choice, be it Bitcoin, Dash or Ethereum.”

While there are plenty of reasons why employees may wish to receive Bitcoin as part of their salary, there are some things they should consider including the volatility of the currency and tax implications. As Rise CRO, Julie Bevacqua states, “The CRA views cryptocurrencies as goods, so when you’re paying employees in Bitcoin, you are actually participating in a barter transaction in which one good or service (the employee’s work) is being paid for with another good (Bitcoin).” This means that employees must pay capital gains tax on the increase in value of their Bitcoin, should it increase before they have a chance to spend it.

Rise’s support staff are Certified Payroll Compliance Practitioners and can answer tax-related questions about paying employees in cryptocurrencies.

For further information about Rise, visit risepeople.com.


About Rise People

Rise People is Canada’s first and only all-in-one people management platform. Rise offers a modern suite of HR, benefits, and payroll solutions that is used by thousands of employers across Canada. Rise is headquartered in Burnaby, Canada. For more information, visit www.risepeople.com and schedule a demo to see how Rise can give you more choice, convenience, and savings.

For media inquiries, please contact Janine Melenka at janine.melenka@risepeople.com.

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