How Are Gains on Gold Taxed?

How are gains on gold taxed

Physical gold is considered a collectible by the IRS, so profits from its sale are taxed at a maximum rate of 28%. This rate is considerably higher than the typical favorable long-term capital gains rate of 15% to 20% for most other assets.

To avoid paying excessive tax on precious metals, it’s a good idea to wait at least one year before selling them; this will minimize profit and cut tax costs accordingly.

Cost basis

Selling gold coins, bullion, or precious metals of any type requires you to understand how much taxation will apply when selling. This capital gains tax is calculated using your cost basis – that is, its current market value subtracted from what was paid initially for it when purchased.

The IRS considers profits made from selling gold coins and bullion as investments and taxes them at the long-term capital gains rate, currently 28%. Investors may consider investing in ETFs that don’t own physical gold as this may reduce taxes significantly.

Gold coins received as inheritance or gifts may incur capital gains tax when sold; their cost basis should reflect their market value on the date of death to help reduce your tax bill. It’s important to carefully track this cost basis if receiving gold as gifts or inheritance.

Short-term gains

Gold investments have become an increasingly popular investment, but it is important to keep in mind that any gains from them must be taxed. Your sales should be reported on Schedule D and included as taxable income; high-income taxpayers may be subject to higher short-term capital gains rates when reporting their gains.

Physical gold and other precious metals are treated by the IRS as collectibles, with an increased maximum collector’s tax rate of 28% compared with 15% or 20% for most other assets.

When selling gold, the IRS will calculate your taxable gain by subtracting its cost basis from its sale price. Your cost basis consists of what you paid for it as well as any expenses related to storage or holding. Furthermore, any costs incurred while buying or selling your gold can be deducted and any losses on such sales used offsetting gains elsewhere in your portfolio.

Long-term gains

Gold coins and bullion bars offer investors an alternative investment option, but with specific tax implications. The Internal Revenue Service considers precious metals to be collectibles similar to art and antiques; therefore profits earned from collecting precious metals are taxed differently than profits earned from traditional investments – currently at 28% while most assets gain gains are taxed between 15%-20%.

When selling physical gold, your taxable profit must be calculated by subtracting its original cost basis from its sales price. This may include purchase price, storage fees and insurance costs as well as any expenses incurred while owning coin – inheriting or receiving as gifts can increase this figure further.

Avoid capital gains taxes on gold by investing it through tax-advantaged accounts such as an IRA, SEP-IRA, or self-directed 401K. Furthermore, any capital losses can help offset any gains and lower your overall tax bill.


Inheriting gold or precious metals can be an ideal way to pass valuable assets on to loved ones. But it is crucial that you understand how these assets are taxed. Heirloom gold and precious metals are subject to capital gains taxes – which measure increases in asset values over time – just like any investment property. You will report these gains when filing your income tax return.

Cost basis for gold that has been inherited is its original fair market value at purchase time, which will then be adjusted annually going forward – an advantage to investors looking to hold their assets for extended periods.

Gold inheritance is considered a collectible, and thus taxed as such. However, this tax usually only becomes payable if an heir sells the item for more than it was purchased for initially.

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