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Anyone who realized gains in early 2018 only to lose money on paper later in the year might want to consider “Tax-Loss Harvesting.”

In simple terms, if you quickly trade out of the crypto you are in and then back into it, you realize profits / losses at that point.

This can be used to offset your early 2018 gains, and thus used to ensure you don’t owe taxes on your crypto in 2018… if you are in a situation where you had gains early in the year but then lost them later in the year.

If you had epic gains, but then HODL’d down on paper, you could save yourself from crushing debt to the IRS by being smart. This only works if you take action before midnight.

See Crypto Tax-Loss Harvesting for more details.

IMPORTANT: I’m not a tax professional, I’m simply doing my best to relay what is logically the case given the current rules for crypto. This is explained in detail on the tax-loss harvesting page linked above. Please consult a tax professional before making important decisions about your investments. Also, make sure to think through things like long term capital gains tax benefits and your other tax liabilities before taking any action.

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What do you think?

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Rosario on

Unfortunately in the crypto landscape that we are currently experiencing, there are plenty of losses to go around, and it is wise to file these capital losses in order to reduce your taxable income and save you money.

IF you are a wizard of a crypto trader, and you won’t have to harvest any losses from your trading activity. However, if you have losses, be sure you are at least taking advantage of them and saving money where you can.

Thomas DeMichele on

I appreciate the comment, but it isn’t that simple. You don’t want to take massive capital losses against no gains. That just leaves you with future losses that you have to take in $3k annual increments. If you have substantial losses, it can help to do nothing and take them in future years when you can use a lump sum loss against gains.

The sentiment is there, but you really have to think this out. The best move depends on your specific situation.