Are Gold and Silver Coins Taxable?

People frequently inquire whether precious metals are subject to sales tax; the answer varies by state.

In general, the IRS taxes individuals for selling assets at more than their cost basis; any gains are determined by subtracting sale price from cost basis.

Capital Gains Tax

Gold and silver coins are considered assets by the IRS, so any profits made upon selling these assets are subject to capital gains tax. How much tax you owe depends on how long you held onto them as well as your income tax rate.

Take advantage of a 1031 exchange to reduce capital gains tax by investing the proceeds from selling precious metal into another asset that has equal or greater value.

Most states impose sales taxes on purchases of gold and silver coins, but some offer exemptions. Usually these apply when purchased for investment purposes or transactions over certain threshold amounts; additionally they might apply if received as gifts or inheritances.

Sales Tax

Many are surprised to learn that precious metals are subject to sales tax in certain states, yet the reason is clear: unlike paper investments, tangible commodities like precious metals must pay tax.

Selling silver coins or bullion for more than its purchase cost basis generates a capital gain that must be reported on your taxes; special forms may need to be filed or tax specialists may need to be consulted in order to assess how much tax owe.

To avoid unnecessary tax burdens, investors should only invest in standard bullion bars and coins valued solely on their metal content. Coins valued above bullion prices may be subject to sales taxes in various states. Now that Alabama and Virginia legislature sessions have kicked off for 2022 legislative sessions, sound money advocates are proposing legislation which would roll back sales taxes on investment-grade gold and silver investments and thus eliminate this last discriminatory tax on savings and physical currency investments.

Reporting to the IRS

While investors may be relieved to hear they do not need to pay sales taxes when purchasing precious metals, this may not be the entire story. Many precious metal dealers must submit 1099-B forms for transactions exceeding certain thresholds set forth by the IRS as reporting requirements in order to prevent money laundering activities by recording and monitoring all significant cash payments.

This includes any form of cash (such as $20 bills or coins), bank drafts, traveler’s checks or money orders that exceed $10,000. A dealer may also need to file Form 8300 if receiving payments made through multiple transactions that exceed this threshold.

Under anti-money laundering regulations, any time a customer makes multiple online purchases from one dealer within 24 hours using different forms of payment are considered related transactions and must be reported to the IRS.


The IRS requires dealers who sell precious metal investments to file several forms with them when selling these investments for profit, including Form 1099-B which helps prevent tax evasion by keeping track of what individuals sell items for.

When calculating taxes owed on gold and silver coins, one of the most crucial elements is understanding their difference in cost from what was eventually sold for; this figure should then be subtracted from your total sale amount in order to establish your gross profit.

Investors looking to avoid paying capital gains tax should consider opening a precious metal-backed IRA as an insurance against economic instability. Before making any decisions about their investment strategy, however, it’s advisable to seek advice from a certified public accountant (CPA).

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