Privacy in Physical Gold and Silver

In general, Physical Gold & Silver is a non-reported asset purchase. Transactions between brokers and individuals are private which means there is no reporting required by the U.S. government. However, there are a few exceptions when it comes to selling precious metals and here is a brief summary of what metals are reported upon liquidation by a broker.

1099-B Form

The IRS 1099 series is a set of forms used to report all profits made by non-corporate sellers. This allows IRS to prevent tax evasion to keep track of individuals selling items as a source of income.

If you have additional questions, please consult a tax professional for details on your specific tax situation.


The IRS has specific rules related to reportable transactions that require a Form 1099-B to be filed and those rules are included in the Form 1099-B instructions on the IRS website. The following are guidelines provided by ICTA (International Council on Tangible Assets) related to Precious Metal sales, and these guidelines, as well as the IRS rules, are subject to change at any time without notice.

Reportable ItemMinimum FinenessMinimum Reportable Amount
Gold Bars0.995Any size bars totaling 1 Kilo (32.15 troy oz) or more
Silver Bars0.999Any size bars totaling 1000 troy oz or more
Platinum Bars0.995Any size bars totaling 25 troy oz or more
Palladium Bars0.9995Any size bars totaling 100 troy oz or more
Gold 1 oz Krugerrandas mintedTwenty-five (25) 1 oz coins
Gold 1 oz Maple Leafas mintedTwenty-five (25) 1 oz coins
Gold 1 oz Mexican Onzaas mintedTwenty-five (25) 1 oz coins
U.S. 90% Silver Coinsas mintedAny combination of dimes, quarters, or half-dollars totaling $1,000 face value or more

Feel free to contact us at (715)-38-4653 with any questions on privacy, reporting and other information.

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