The IRS plans to tax some NFTs as collectibles — and the rich would pay up to 28% on profits

Digital artist FEWOCiOUS auctions five NFT works of art, along with five physical paintings and drawings at Christie’s on June 28, 2021 in New York.

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The IRS said it plans to tax some non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, as collectibles akin to art or gems — an approach that would tax profits for wealthy owners at a higher rate relative to assets such as stocks, real estate and cryptocurrency.

The federal government levies taxes on collectibles held for more than a year at a top rate of 28%. It generally levies a top 20% rate on other investments.

In a notice on Monday, the IRS said it intends to issue guidance regarding the treatment of certain NFTs as collectibles.

NFTs are essentially one-of-a-kind digital assets, which can extend beyond…

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