Venture Capital firm a16z Calls US Infrastructure Bill “Flawed”

By Palak Malhotra
Published August 5, 2021 Updated August 5, 2021
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Venture Capital firm a16z Calls US Infrastructure Bill “Flawed”

By Palak Malhotra
Published August 5, 2021 Updated August 5, 2021

Venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has issued an open letter, suggesting amendments to the bipartisan, $1.2 trillion worth, US infrastructure bill, that plans to radically increase crypto tax and raise nearly $28 billion from cryptocurrency tax enforcement measures. Latest tax regulations will also allow the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to demand all digital asset subsidiaries to report any transactions involving digital assets.

A decentralized network provides economic opportunities

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Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) issued an open letter calling for amendments to the bill on 4th August. The company argued that the decentralized crypto sphere presents the nation with exceptional opportunities for a truly democratic financial structure. Furthermore, A16z said the citizens should not be deprived of tomorrow’s employment opportunities in a prosperous economy, merely because of today’s “flawed bill”.

“Decentralized crypto networks represent an extraordinary opportunity for the United States to put forth a proactive strategy that will promote open systems and societies over closed ones, power economic growth, and prioritize job creation. If this bill passed as written without the amendment, it would be counter to what this infrastructure legislation is supposed to accomplish. We can’t afford to sacrifice tomorrow’s economic opportunity because of a flawed bill that has a simple fix.”, A16z stated in the letter.

Alternative to China’s centralized control

Additionally, the firm has also pitched to introduce an alternative to China’s centralized control on digital finances. It stated that a decentralized economic network will not only provide credibility but also enable inclusivity in the democratic financial infrastructure.

“China has placed huge bets on its government’s centralized control over the next wave of financial and computing infrastructure. We as a country can offer an alternative: participatory and inclusive infrastructure that works better for everyone.”

A16z agreed that the current crypto tax provisions are vague and require alterations. The letter acknowledged that the current regulations can potentially “sweep in non-intermediaries, such as network validators and software developers,” and would interrupt innovation processes by imposing impractical reporting requirements on those groups.

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Journalism & Mass Comm. ‘21 graduate, Palak is a GenZ journalist with background in Lifestyle journalism & PR. At CoinGape, Palak is a junior crypto journalist preparing for Web 3.0

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