Bloomberg Tax
July 7, 2023, 3:57 PM

Abandoning Worthless Virtual Assets Gains Literally No Deduction

Libin Zhang
Libin Zhang
Fried Frank

In Cryptocurrency and NFT Tax Considerations Based on Recent IRS Strategy and Guidance, Tax Management Memorandum (June 19, 2023), the authors suggest that taxpayers can claim a tax deduction under §165 for cryptocurrency tokens that are worthless or abandoned. The article posited that an individual can abandon the tokens by “burning [them] (i.e., sending them to a null address)” and such action is among those that “are qualified as tax events where taxpayers can claim a deduction related to the crypto tokens that they own.”

However, as discussed around a year ago in Libin Zhang, The L Word: A ...

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