For sales of gold ingots and ingots to be considered declarable, each individual piece of ingots must have a fineness of at least. As explained in the “Reportable Purchases” section, purchases of precious metals are not declared unless the cash reporting thresholds are exceeded. Investors who want to avoid reportable sales should buy American Eagles. As mentioned earlier, purchases of precious metals are also considered declarable when made within 24 hours.
One of the many advantages of owning physical gold and silver is that they can be private and confidential. Precious metal reporting policies were first developed by the National Treasury in the 1980s as a means of monitoring commodity exchanges in the United States. Bullion dealers are not required to report any bullion purchase transaction that complies with the regulations to any government agency. Physical gold or silver holds are subject to a capital gains tax equal to their marginal tax rate, up to a maximum of 28%.
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. When large cash purchases of precious metals go unreported, traders and investors who should pay taxes on their sales and purchases are overlooked. Reportable sales (again, customer sales to dealers) apply to 1-ounce Gold Maple Leafs, 1-ounce Krugerrands, and 1-ounce Mexican ounce in quantities of twenty-five or more in a single transaction. Many investors prefer to own physical gold and silver rather than exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in these precious metals.
However, no government regulations require notification of purchases of precious metals themselves. It is at the discretion of each company to track and report any suspicious activity, cash or structured payment equivalent to cash for physical products in precious metal ingots. That's why it's important to check with your certified public accountant about taxes on your investments in gold. The International Council on Tangible Assets (ICTA) has published guidelines according to which precious metals transactions must be reported to the IRS based on negotiations with the IRS.
Precious metals traders who fail to submit such transaction reports are subject to penalties, fines, criminal charges, and even the possibility of imprisonment.