Can the IRS Take My Gold?
Gold is an asset with tangible value that may appreciate over time, and as with any property sale it may be subject to capital gains taxes when sold.
Financial advisors can assist in optimizing investments to minimize tax liability, offering services such as asset allocation planning. Here are a few ways they may do so.
Capital Gains Tax
Gold is an attractive investment because its value tends to hold up well against inflation and acts as a protective hedge. Furthermore, diversifying with gold can protect against losses from riskier investments like stocks. But before purchasing precious metals it’s essential that you understand how the IRS taxes them before purchasing.
The IRS classifies physical gold as collectibles, meaning it is taxed differently than other investments. While most investments fall under a 15% long-term capital gains tax (LTCG), collectibles can incur up to 28% long-term capital gains tax rates.
Inheriting or receiving physical gold from relatives can affect its tax treatment in various ways. To calculate its acquisition cost, such gold must use either its original purchase price or fair market value on 1 April 2001 as its cost basis. Investors can lower their taxable income by investing it in tax-advantaged accounts or offsetting gains with capital losses – it’s also important to avoid fraudulent sellers who promote loopholes for dodging taxes on precious metal sales.
Gold does not fall under the same tax regulations that apply to other investments like stocks and real estate; therefore, should you decide to pass along your gold as inheritance to family members, their capital gains taxes won’t have to be paid.
When it comes to passing along gold or other precious metals to your heirs, establishing a trust while still alive may help safeguard against tax liabilities in the future. Your estate attorney can guide you in this decision process.
Documenting all your inherited gold is key for both ownership and value appraisal purposes, should there be disputes among beneficiaries. Original invoices from previous transactions as well as manufacturer certificates can help simplify this process.
Coin dealers frequently fail to inform their customers about the national regulations that govern precious metal investments, leading them to purchase overpriced coins before being surprised by a tax bill later on.
When selling precious metals for more than $10,000 cash, a dealer is legally obliged to report this transaction via IRS Form 8300 in order to prevent money laundering and any illegal activities that might arise as a result. This serves to safeguard against money laundering as well as other potentially illicit activity.
Notably, this does not pertain to purchases made via credit/debit cards, ACH transfers or bank wires; rather, it applies only to payments such as traveler’s checks, money orders or physical cash (both US denominated and foreign denominated). Failure to abide by this regulation could have serious repercussions for both dealer and customer; as a result it is important that both work with dealers who prioritize protecting customer transactions confidentiality.
State Sales Tax
When selling financial investments, the IRS taxes your capital gains – the amount an asset has increased in value due to market fluctuations without additional work – based on market movements without incurring additional labor expenses. While this tax represents only a small part of their income, for many investors this cost remains significant.
Sales taxes on precious metals can be an immense deterrent for potential buyers, hindering a variety of economic activities related to bullion purchases – from metal brokering and coin conventions. Because of this, state lawmakers have started repealing such sales taxes in favor of reinstating gold and silver as money.
But sound money advocates have proven their strength despite any political gamesmanship or arm-twisting by passing exemption bills without issue. Ohio recently joined Alabama and Virginia in exempting investment-grade bullion from sales tax; West Virginia lawmakers are looking at taking this further by reestablishing gold and silver as currency while eliminating capital gains taxation on them.