Can I Deduct a Lost Crypto Wallet?

I just talked to a client who had keep over $50,000 in Bitcoins safe on a private wallet. The private wallet is locked with special password. He thought he remembered the password.

He typed in it three times. Each time, he was told it was wrong. Then it permanently locked up never to be opened again. His Bitcoins are now in a cyber wasteland never to be used again. A tragic story, but not uncommon.

Can the loss be taken on the tax return?

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