Taxation of precious metals

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Precious metals are subject to taxation in most countries, because of their high economic value. In most countries capital gains tax applies when precious metals are sold at a profit. Some countries also apply value added tax to precious metals.

In the European Union, the trading of recognized gold coins and bullion products is VAT exempt, but no such allowance is given to silver. Elsewhere in Europe though, Norway has exempted both gold and silver bullion coins with face value from VAT; Norway is part of the wider EEA (European Economic Area) and thus applies the same "intra-community transaction" rules to all of Europe on a bilateral basis resulting in legally tax-free silver coin availability throughout all of Europe.[citation needed]

Canada, and 41 of the 50 United States, do not apply tax to bullion-quality silver and gold.[1][2][3]

Country VAT for silver
Finland[4] 24%
Germany 19%
Netherlands[5] 21%
Poland 23%
Slovenia 20%
Russia 18%
Sweden 25%
Switzerland 7,7%
United Kingdom 20%
Austria 20%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Taxes".
  2. ^ "US and Canada Tax Summary". MintedMarket.
  3. ^ "Sound Money Index: Gold & Silver Laws".
  4. ^ FINLEX - Translations of Finnish acts and decrees: 1501/1993 English
  5. ^ FAQ: How about VAT?