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If you didn't receive any stock/shares, it would be a non-business bad debt.  Deductible as a short-term capital loss.

If you received stock/shares, then it would be a capital loss, long-term or short-term depending on long you held the shares/stock.

You could have had shares, and not be in a public company.  Privately held stock/shares are sold all the time.

Did you ever receive a Sch K-1 from the LLC?  If so, was it a Sch K-1 from a 1065?   That would indicate it was a partnership interest you held.

If it was a Sch K-1 from an 1120S, that would indicate it was treated as a Sub Chapter S corporation.

In any event, it would appear that it would treated as a capital loss....the question being short-term or long-term?

See this link

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p550/ch04.html#en_US_2016_publink100010713

https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc409.html




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