Taxes on Precious Metals Purchases by State

Making the Case for Storage at the Texas Bullion Depository

Many states charge sales tax on the purchase of precious metals and other items that we sell on our website. Taxes can vary based on the type of metal, the dollar amount and even the premium charged for an item. The exact rules are quite complex, so we use the largest provider of state tax information in the nation to determine the taxes due for each order, based on all these criteria.

To find out if there will be sales tax due on your order, add the desired items to your shopping cart and enter your shipping address during the checkout process. The website will automatically calculate the sales tax due -- based on the exact items in your cart and your shipping address.

In the State of Texas,  sales tax is only due for a short list of items, including platinum, palladium and copper. If shipping an order to your state would cause you to incur sales tax for silver and gold bullion, coins or rare coins, you can prevent being charged sales tax on your order by storing your items at the Texas Bullion Depository. Since the order will not have a shipping address to your state, no state sales tax will be due.

For more information, contact your Account Manager.


Each state has its own definition of bullion, precious metals, etc. For purposes of the chart, bullion will follow the Texas definition in 34 TAC §3.336: (a) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. (1) Bullion--Gold, silver, or platinum that is formed into uniform shapes and quantities such as ingots, bars, or plates, with uniform content and purity, as are suitable for or customarily used in the purchase, sale, storage, transfer, and delivery of bulk or wholesale transactions in gold, silver, or platinum. (2) Currency--The coin and paper money of the United States or another country that is designated as legal tender and circulates and is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the country of issuance. (3) Numismatic coin--A coin that is not used as a medium of exchange or whose price depends more on characteristics such as beauty, rarity, and condition than on its metal content or its face value. (b) Taxability of sales of gold, silver, or numismatic coins, and gold, silver, or platinum bullion. Effective October 1, 2013, the sale of gold, silver, or numismatic coins or of gold, silver, or platinum bullion is exempt from Texas sales and use tax. (1) This exemption does not include gold, silver, or numismatic coins, or gold, silver, or platinum bullion in the form of jewelry or other items of adornment. (2) The purchase of a commodity contract for items exempt under this subsection is not a taxable transaction. (c) Taxability of currency exchanges. The exchange of currency for another form of currency based on an exchange rate is not a taxable transaction if the invoice, receipt, billing, sales slip or ticket, or contract issued to the customer identifies the exchange rate. (d) Taxability of the sale of certain paper money. The sale of paper money that is not currency is taxable as the sale of tangible personal property. Sales or use tax is due on the total sales price of the paper money. (e) Use of gold, silver, or numismatic coins or gold, silver, or platinum bullion to acquire taxable items. Persons who use gold, silver, or numismatic coins or gold, silver, or platinum bullion to acquire taxable items owe tax on the transaction based on the sales price of the taxable item.


Many states charge tax for the sale or purchase of precious metals. Learn how each state matches up, and understand the added security & potential savings state sponsored depository storage through the Texas Bullion Depository can offer over local storage.

State & Local Tax Laws For Precious Metals Purchases:

State / Local Sales Tax Applies to:

  • Arkansas Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • District of Columbia: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • Hawaii: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to General Excise tax.
  • Indiana: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • Kansas: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • Kentucky: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • Maine: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • Mississippi: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • New Jersey: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • New Mexico: No state tax exists on bullion or numismatic coins, but a gross receipts tax (on sellers) is imposed.
  • North Carolina: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Tennessee: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • Vermont: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • West Virginia: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • Wisconsin: Bullion and numismatic coins are subject to sales tax.
  • California: Monetized bullion and numismatic coins exceeding $1,500 have a bulk sales tax exemption.
  • Connecticut: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax if sale exceeds $1,000.
  • Florida: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax if sale exceeds $500.
  • Maryland: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax if sale exceeds $1,000.
  • Massachusetts: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax if sale exceeds $1,000.
  • New York: No sales tax is imposed on precious metal bullion or numismatic coin transactions over $1,000. However, the consideration may not exceed the value of the precious metal content of 140% for silver, 120% for gold and 115% for other precious metals. Also, there is a sales tax on precious metal bullion that has been manufactured, processed, assembled, fabricated or used for an industrial, aesthetic or artistic purposes.
  • Virginia: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax if sale exceeds $1,000. (No requirement that the precious metals be of the same type.)
  • Wyoming: Gold and silver used as legal tender are exempt.
  • Alabama: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Arizona: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Colorado: Bullion is exempt. Not all numismatic pieces are exempt. Jewelry and commemoratives are taxable.
  • Georgia: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax. Proper documentation is needed.
  • Idaho: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Illinois: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Iowa: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Louisiana: Bullion is exempt.
  • Michigan: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Minnesota: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Missouri: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Nebraska: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Nevada: Bullion is exempt. It is taxable if the sales price exceeds the face value of numismatic coins by 50 percent.
  • North Dakota: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Ohio: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Oklahoma: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax. Fabricated metals that are processed or manufactured for artistic use or as jewelry are taxable.
  • Pennsylvania: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Rhode island: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax. Fabricated precious metal that has been processed or manufactured for one or more specific and customary industrial, professional or artistic uses is not exempt.
  • South Carolina: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • South Dakota: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Texas: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Utah: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Washington: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Alaska: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • Delaware: No State Sales Tax (Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt).
  • Montana: Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt from sales tax.
  • New Hampshire: No State Sales Tax (Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt).
  • Oregon: No state sales tax, Bullion and numismatic coins are exempt.