Do You Have to Report Gold to the IRS?
Collectors seeking to sell rare coins and bullion in private prefer avoiding their transactions being reported to the IRS; precious metals dealers can help these collectors maintain their privacy by adhering to certain reporting laws.
An individual or dealer who purchases gold may need to file a 1099-B form depending on its amount and method of sale. They will do so if their gold purchase meets certain criteria and meets reporting obligations.
Taxes on Capital Gains
Capital gains occur when you sell property or securities for more than they cost to purchase them. They can either be classified as short-term or long-term and should be claimed on income tax forms.
The IRS taxes the proceeds of asset sales at different rates depending on how long they were held for and your federal income tax bracket for that year. Short-term capital gains are added to ordinary income and taxed at rates up to 37%; long-term gains are taxed at 15% (some may even be exempt) with special rules applied if your income tax bracket falls within the lowest tier; gains made on collectible sales such as art, stamps, coins or precious metals incur a special 28% rate.
Investors can reduce capital gains taxes by waiting longer to sell assets they’ve held for over one year, taking advantage of depreciation deductions when purchasing properties or stocks, and offsetting any losses from sales with other earnings such as capital losses or gains.
Taxes on Losses
Owinging a loss on gold may not have as drastic an effect, but still must be factored into any IRS tax return filings. If there was a loss on your investment, subtract it from your total profit and pay capital gains taxes on what remains.
Bullion purchases, regardless of whether they are private or public transactions and no matter the size, are subject to reporting requirements established by the IRS for all bullion transactions, similar to what banks use when handling cash transactions in order to prevent money laundering activities within our nation.
Precious metal dealers must file two IRS forms when their customers make purchases that trigger IRS reporting requirements. While what qualifies as reportable sales can differ depending on your dealer, so for more details regarding your specific investment please speak with a tax professional.
Customers looking to purchase precious metal bullion coins and bars through payment methods such as personal checks, debit, credit cards or bank wire do not trigger IRS reporting requirements; however customers purchasing certain bullion items in large quantities should be prepared to disclose their purchases on Form 8300.
To be precise, the federal government mandates us to file this document when selling items with a face value of $1,000 or more and paid for with cash (money orders, traveler’s checks or cashier’s checks are excluded). This also includes sales of 90% silver U.S. coins; 1 oz gold Maple Leaf coins, Krugerrand coins or Mexican Onza coins sold in large quantities as well as gold or silver bars sold wholesale to commercial enterprises.
Dishonest coin dealers may attempt to bypass this requirement by making multiple small payments over several days; this practice is considered illegal structuring and could expose both dealer and customer to money laundering charges. Before taking steps to conceal gold purchases from reporting requirements, always consult a tax professional first.
Filing an IRS Tax Return
Typically, the IRS requires individuals and businesses to file federal tax returns annually. Taxpayers who anticipate having outstanding obligations should do so before mid-April’s filing deadline; those needing extra time can submit Form 4506-T for a filing extension request.
When filing your return, it’s essential that all address information match exactly with that recorded by the IRS. Misspellings in street names could result in errors which delay processing of your return.
Individual taxpayers can access their account information online and utilize free online tools for tax preparation and filing. Furthermore, they can obtain transcripts of previous returns or account data to meet the timely filing/timely mailing rule, using an approved private delivery service designated by the IRS to meet that rule. For more information see their website. Likewise business taxpayers can utilize it as a tracking resource as well as access tools that assist them in filing, paying, etc.