Keep Enough Cash for Taxes

I generally don’t preface an article with a disclaimer, but I think it is important to note at the outset that I am not an accountant nor should any of this be construed as accounting or tax advice!

Let’s say I buy a domain name at auction for $1,000 and re-sell that domain name a month later for $10,000. I might be inclined to go out and acquire an even better name for $10,000 or purchase two $5,000 domain names. I might even be inclined to buy a domain name for $5,000 and upgrade my office with the remaining $5,000. By doing this, there will be no money remaining to pay taxes.

When I sell a domain name, my first inclination is to reinvest the funds in another domain name or several domain names. I always like to keep great domain names in my portfolio, and reinvesting helps to ensure that my portfolio continues to improve. Even with this inclination, I need to be cognizant of the taxes that will be owed as a result of a sale. With a fluctuating business like domain investing, this can be a big challenge and can become a massive issue for a person or a business.

Many small business owners in the US pay quarterly estimated taxes. This is helpful because it should prevent a massive tax bill unless sales are far greater than the prior year. I have been on both sides of this, but in general, I appreciate paying the quarterly taxes.

For those people who are new to domain investing or who make an unexpectedly large sale, it is important to keep taxes in mind. There are many ebbs and flows when it comes to domain name sales, and having enough funds on hand to pay taxes is critically important.

There are a number of ways people and companies treat domain names and domain name sales for tax purposes. An accountant or other financial services expert can help a domain investor determine the best way to treat domain sales and investments. I have been using a corporate accountant since I started out, and that was one of the smartest decisions I made.

Throughout the course of the year, many opportunities will arise. Knowing when to buy or pass is essential, especially when it comes time to pay taxes.


Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. Too many people in this industry are oblivious to tax requirements on domain sales in their respected country. More information and exposure on domain sales tax filing needs to be circulated.

  2. Here is a question about taxation that maybe someone can answer.

    On Uniregistry market, if a sale is made, could the proceeds be added to a registrant’s account balance at Uniregistry, and not taxed until the seller withdrew those funds and transferred them to their home country?

  3. Due to the taxation laws as Uniregistry is based in the Cayman Islands; we are not currently subject to VAT or tax deductions, which is why we do not include any tax details on our invoices. As we do not include tax on purchases/sales with Uniregistry, we advise you check your own country’s legislation on tax laws, when accepting bank wire payouts from Uniregistry.


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