It's not uncommon for crypto assets to be lost or stolen in some way. Your exchange may have been hacked, or you may have lost access to a hardware wallet or an exchange account. It can be frustrating, but whatever the reason, we're here to help soften the blow of that loss as much as we can.
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Claiming a total loss
A total loss would mean that you completely lost possession of an asset without selling or trading it for a profit; because of this, any monetary investment in the asset was also lost. Claiming a loss means that you could see a deduction on your taxes and lower your tax liability.
At this time, the IRS hasn’t made it completely clear as to whether a lost asset can be claimed as a total loss. However, there are good arguments to be made in favor of claiming lost crypto as a total loss.
With that in mind, it will be up to you to decide if claiming a total loss is right for you. If you do choose to report lost digital assets as a total loss on your taxes, please keep in mind that it will be up to you to prove to the IRS that such a loss occurred should it ever be questioned.
Recording a total loss on TaxBit
If you decide you'd like to claim a total loss on your taxes, deducting the loss from your return, then you’ll need to record a sale of the lost asset for $.001. The system won’t let you input a sale for less than that amount as a sale for $0 isn’t generally a real scenario.
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