Privacy Facts on Selling Gold & Silver - IRS 1099 Form
APR 25, 2011

Now that the White House has repealed the proposed $600 or more 1099 addendum to the Affordable Healthcare Act, it might behoove us to revisit the facts on the current IRS 1099 B form requirements for gold and silver. 

One note before we begin, we are simply commenting on aspects of privacy, not an investor's responsibility to pay capital gains tax on any profits made from the purchase and sale of investment grade bullion products.  For tax questions, please seek professional tax consul.  Now onward to privacy:

IRS 1099 B Form or Privacy

We know privacy is very important to physical silver and gold investors and confidentiality is one of the values we covet along with our customers. 

For some bullion investors, ensuring themselves a private sale is their most important objective and we understand the myriad of reasons as to why this is so.  

That being said, we must always adhere to the laws of our land.

The question we are always asked is ... Are my transactions private?  When I sell my gold bullion or silver bullion, is it a private transaction, or is it reported to the IRS?

First, when a customer buys from our dealership, the transaction is private.  There are no forms we are required to fill out when you buy.

Secondly, when an investor sells their gold bullion or silver bullion to a dealer, some of these trades are private, some are not.  Depending upon what you are selling will depend upon whether the powers that be require us as a dealer to fill out something called an IRS 1099 B Form.

When you sell your bullion back to a dealer, the pertinent questions are: 

1) What form of gold and or silver bullion you are selling?

2) What amount of silver bullion and or gold bullion are you selling?

Remember, this is for private investor sales  (your sale) of gold and or silver bullion to dealers.



Private silver bullion,
1099 Form exempt regarding any quantity of the following items:

- American Silver Eagle Coins

- Canadian Maple Leaf Silver Coins

- Austrian Philharmonic Silver Coins

Reported silver bullion, 1099 Form required, .999 fine silver bars/rounds sold in quantities:

- 1000 oz or more per transaction (100 oz bars, 10 oz bars, 1 oz bars, 1 oz rounds)



Private gold bullion, 1099 Form exempt regarding any quantity for the following items: 

- American Gold Eagle Coins 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz

- American Gold Buffalo Coins 1 oz


Reported gold bullion, 1099 Form required, foreign coins sold in quantities:

- Canadian Gold Maples 25 oz +

- South African Krugerrands 25 oz +

- Gold Austrian Philharmonics 25 oz +


Reported gold bullion, 1099 Form required, fine gold bars sold in quantities:

- One kilo in total (32.15 troy oz ) or more per transaction





These are the IRS 1099 B Form reporting requirements as they stand May 2011.  

We are of course relieved to see the White House appeal of the latest proposed 1099 addendum to the Healthcare Act... but something tells us this won't be the last time IRS 1099 changes are proposed.

In the meantime, if privacy is critical to you as a bullion investor, you will want to keep in mind the current dealer reporting requirements and stay tuned to GoldSilver for any future news or proposed changes to the current laws as they stand today. 


Screenshot of the 2011 IRS 1099 B Form:


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