Crypto for
the people

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in the
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Here’s what you need to know

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Discover at your own pace and learn about crypto with our articles for beginners.

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You can choose from Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash1

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Enjoy the same protections you're used to with PayPal.**

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Select "Crypto" from
the dashboard

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be asked to verify your identity

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Get up to speed on crypto

What exactly is crypto?

Crypto is short for cryptocurrency. Many believe that crypto could one day be as commonly used as cash and credit.

The crypto market never sleeps

It’s the only financial market that runs 24/7, 365 days a year. Since all cryptos are global currencies without borders, prices change every minute of every day.

Let's put the "currency" back into cryptocurrency

We're making it possible to check out with crypto on eligible purchases at millions of online stores that already accept PayPal. Enjoy the same fast and easy checkout — now with crypto.

Here’s how to check out with crypto

Step 1

Shop online and select PayPal at checkout. (Make sure you've filled in your W-9 in advance so that we can use your crypto for the purchase.)

Step 2

On eligible purchases, PayPal will automatically make crypto available to you as a funding option, as long as you have enough crypto to pay in full at that time.

Step 3

If you choose to check out with crypto, PayPal will automatically convert it into USD or other currency at no additional fee.1 No worries – we do it all for you.

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Secure with PayPal

Just like with other payment options, PayPal has your back with fraud protection and PayPal Purchase Protection on eligible purchases from millions of online stores where PayPal is accepted.2

Checking out with crypto is a taxable transaction

Because it’s an asset, it will first be sold whenever you checkout with crypto and the cash will be used to pay the merchant. You have to report any gains or losses on the crypto sale on your taxes. PayPal will provide necessary 1099 forms when you sell cryptocurrency.

volatility and risk

Crypto is considered volatile because of how much and how quickly its value can change. Like all currencies, there's potential for gains and losses.

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1 When you buy or sell cryptocurrency, including when you check out with crypto, we will disclose an exchange rate and any fees you will be charged for that transaction. The exchange rate includes a spread that PayPal earns on each purchase and sale. For cryptocurrency fees, click here.

2 Available on eligible purchases. Limits apply.

Buying and selling cryptocurrency is subject to a number of risks and may result in significant losses. Please see our disclosure here for more details. PayPal does not make any recommendations regarding buying or selling cryptocurrency. Consider seeking advice from your financial and tax advisor. All custody of and buying and selling in cryptocurrency is performed for PayPal by its licensed service provider, Paxos Trust Company, LLC.

Buying, selling, and holding cryptocurrencies is not regulated in many states, including the State of California. PayPal, Inc. is licensed to engage in virtual currency business activity by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Buying, selling, and holding cryptocurrency with PayPal is not available in Hawaii and where prohibited by law.

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