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O’Leary is interested in “tagging,” or wrapping bitcoin that has been mined sustainably, and called upon miners to approach institutions with a plan.


While the idea sounds like a win-win, the use of mining pools and the essential fungibility of BTC has drawn skepticism from miners and prominent members of the industry. Nic Carter has called so-called “clean bitcoin” a chimera: something more imaginary than real. 

Still, O’Leary, a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, is eyeing opportunities to support firms that can offer resources and structure for green mining. Greener practices, he says, will help stoke demand and drive up asset prices. 

“That is what institutions want, and when that dam gets released the amount of capital that will come into bitcoin… it’ll be the reason it goes to a hundred thousand, two hundred thousand.”

“Everybody that owns bitcoin today, regardless of how it was mined, is incentivized to solve this problem for one reason alone, price appreciation.”

Just Hodl Or Sell High

The IRS essentially wants an investor to bear some economic risk for the sale — meaning some risk of loss, Levine said.

Investors who hit the bitcoin sell button and buy it back a second later risk the IRS negating the tax benefit. But the timing isn’t black-and-white.

“Time is always your best argument,” Levine said. “But given the volatility, and the fact it’s constantly trading, I think you have much more flexibility with crypto than you do with anything else.

“A day is more than sufficient,” he added. “I’d feel comfortable defending that to the IRS.”

Cboe CEO Expects to Build Out Crypto Offerings as Demand Rises

Bitcoin fell to a low of $50,305 on the day before pushing back above the $52,000 level. Despite recent bullish news, bitcoin has struggled to find price support over the past week. 

  • The cryptocurrency was down roughly 16% from its March 13 record highs before a rebound.