2023 Game-Changer: How to Tax Loss Harvest Your Illiquid NFTs

December 18, 2023

In the ever-evolving world of cryptocurrency and blockchain assets, the savvy investor knows that every move counts. At Gordon Law, we help crypto investors pay less tax and avoid IRS problems. As the end of the year draws closer, we want to share a powerful strategy you can use to uncover hidden tax savings.

Crypto tax loss harvesting is a well-known strategy for offsetting capital gains. Depending on your portfolio, tax loss harvesting can save you thousands on your tax bill. However, it’s typically focused on fungible tokens like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

But what about those seemingly worthless, illiquid NFTs languishing in your digital wallet? Turns out, they might just be your ticket to optimizing your tax strategy, thanks to a game-changing strategy known as illiquid NFT tax loss harvesting.

Unlocking the Power of Tax Loss Harvesting

In the world of traditional investments, tax loss harvesting is a tried-and-true strategy employed by savvy investors to offset capital gains and minimize tax liabilities.


To make the most of your unprofitable NFT trades, you’ll need to realize the losses by selling the assets. This process allows you to offset capital gains effectively. You can counteract as many gains as you have in the year, or up to $3,000 of regular income. You can also carry your losses forward into future years.

Infographic titled 'Save on Crypto Taxes with Tax Loss Harvesting.' It explains a strategy to reduce taxes on cryptocurrency investments by recognizing losses. The infographic is divided into 5 parts. 1. Text reads: 'In October, your projected tax bill is $16,200. You have a mix of long-term capital gains and ordinary income.' The text is accompanied by a simplified chart that shows 2 types of income. There's $25,000 of long-term capital gains, taxed at 15%, and $50,000 of orindary income, taxed at 22%. An orange box shows the total amount of tax owed: $16,200. 2. Illustration of a DOGE crypto token with a red, downward pointing arrow to indicate declining value. The text reads: 'Some of your crypto holdings have decreased in value since you bought them. You decide to sell some before Dec. 31, resulting in $30,000 worth of losses.' 3. Text reads: 'The losses bring your capital gains down to $0. Plus, up to $3,000 can be subtracted from ordinary income.' Another simplified chart depicts that there's now $0 in capital gains and $47,000 of ordinary income. An orange box shows the total amount of tax owed: $10,340. A green box shows the amount of tax savings: $5,860. 4. Illustration of a calendar and a 'repeat' icon. The text reads: 'After these deductions, you still have $2,000 of realized losses. These will carry forward, offsetting future capital gains.' 5. Illustration of a DOGE crypto token with a small heart next to it. Text reads: 'Still want those coins in your portfolio? You can buy them back after 24 hours.' The bottom of the infographic features the Gordon Law logo along with the tagline 'The Original Crypto Tax Pros Since 2014'.

Pro Tip: Tax loss harvesting with fungible tokens often requires detailed accounting and early planning to maximize the benefits. With NFTs, the process is much simpler and it’s easier to take advantage of last-minute tax savings. Just be sure to sell before December 31.

The Illiquidity Conundrum

Applying the tax loss harvesting tactic to NFTs has historically been a challenge for many investors. Some NFTs are illiquid due to abandoned projects or dreaded rug pulls. So how can you sell these NFTs and realize a capital loss?

Selling them on the open market isn’t possible—at least not any time soon. Most of these projects are dead, abandoned, and no longer supported by their creators, and that is well understood by the market. There simply are no buyers.

In the past, investors faced a grim reality: They couldn’t realize losses on these virtual collectibles for tax purposes, leaving their portfolios in a state of limbo.

The Scale of the Losses

There’s a significant opportunity for NFT investors to recapture some of their investment in the form of tax savings.

In September 2023, The Guardian reported that 95% of NFTs are now worthless, and over 23 million people own wallets that hold illiquid NFTs. Industry figures estimate that there are hundreds of millions in frozen tax deductions.

Turning these unprofitable investments into tax savings can help unlock a new wave of capital for NFT investors.

Enter Unsellable: A Lifeline for Illiquid NFT Investors

Unsellable offers a lifeline to investors holding onto illiquid NFTs, finally allowing them to unlock tax savings. The company purchases these seemingly worthless assets for a nominal amount (the ETH equivalent of a single penny per token). This opens up a world of tax-saving possibilities for crypto investors.

Here’s How Unsellable Makes It Easy:

Unsellable takes the complexity out of tax loss harvesting with illiquid NFTs. Their user-friendly platform simplifies the process from start to finish. You can expect:

  • Instant Liquidity: Unsellable provides you with the immediate liquidity you need for your NFTs. No more waiting for buyers or dealing with uncertain market conditions.
  • Verified + Audited Smart Contract: Rest assured that your transactions are secure and transparent with Unsellable’s verified and audited smart contract.
  • Low-Cost Bulk Transactions: Unsellable offers cost-effective solutions for bulk transactions, ensuring that you can maximize your tax benefits while spending the least amount possible on gas fees.
  • CPA-Ready Receipt: Unsellable provides you with a CPA-ready receipt, simplifying the reporting process for tax purposes.

Leveraging Tax Benefits with Unsellable

The tax benefits of selling illiquid NFTs to Unsellable can be substantial, depending on what you’re holding. By unlocking capital losses, investors can optimize their tax strategy, potentially saving a significant amount of money.

That said, it’s crucial to collaborate with a tax professional to ensure compliance with tax regulations and reporting requirements. Still, this innovative strategy provides a much-needed lifeline for investors navigating the complexities of the crypto tax landscape.

Illiquid NFTs may have seemed like a dead end for investors, but Unsellable has changed the game. With their pioneering approach to tax loss harvesting, you can now convert those seemingly worthless digital collectibles into a valuable tax benefit.

If your digital wallet houses illiquid NFTs that have lost their luster, consider tax loss harvesting with Unsellable. Illiquid NFTs might just turn out to be your secret weapon in navigating the crypto tax terrain in 2023.

If you want to unlock even more savings, or simply eliminate the headache of filing crypto and NFT tax returns, reach out to the original crypto tax pros at Gordon Law Group to discuss your options. We make it easy for all crypto investors to file accurately and unlock advanced tax-saving strategies.

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