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So what if we decided to tax unrealized gains in excess of some large number - say $100 million. Treat those gains as if they had been realized and tax them like any other capital gains.

One of the difficulties here, and likely an argument by the victims (ha-ha), is the date chosen for the gain? The anniversary of your purchase(s), Jan 1, July 1, Dec. 31? When the stock retreats by 20% or 30% the following year, just tell the holder "bad luck" on you?

You're right, there ought to be some way to tax unrealized gains, but it may not be an easy solution.

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