You'll only have to pay taxes if you make a profit from what you sell. This is known as “capital gain”, which we explain below. As a side note, 100 ounce silver bars are not declarable regardless of quantity. Many investors prefer to own physical gold and silver rather than exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in these precious metals.
While the tax implications of owning and selling ETFs are very simple, not many people fully understand the tax implications of owning and selling physical ingots. The following describes how these investments are taxed, as well as their tax reporting requirements, cost base calculations, and ways to offset any tax liability resulting from the sale of physical gold or silver. Sell any form of precious metal at a profit and the profits will be taxed at a federal rate of 28% or less. Therefore, if you sell your ingot jewelry for profit, they are subject to the same maximum capital gains rate of 28% for precious metals and must appear on your income tax return.
Under certain circumstances, the dealer must file a Form 1099-B to the IRS to declare profits paid to a non-corporate seller of precious metals. For sales of gold ingots and ingots to be considered declarable, each individual piece of ingots must have a fineness of at least. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers physical holds of precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium and titanium to be capital assets specifically classified as collectibles. There is a lot of contradictory and inaccurate tax information on the Internet about taxes on gold and silver.
Physical gold or silver holds are subject to a capital gains tax equal to their marginal tax rate, up to a maximum of 28%. Gold and silver bars may attract unwanted attention or require special statements for monetary instruments, but a gold necklace is, well, just another gold necklace. One of the many advantages of owning physical gold and silver is that they can be private and confidential. As for the second special scenario, if you inherit gold or silver, the cost basis is equal to the market value on the date of death of the person from whom you inherited the metals.
When you sell precious metals abroad, the laws of the country in which you sell will apply to the sale. While the law may say that you can sell gold and silver without paying taxes, that doesn't mean that it translates into practice with the IRS. As mentioned earlier, the sale of precious metal coins, cartridges and ingots can serve as an additional source of income for many customers.