Anyone out there know the answer to this?
Is it better tax-wise to own a gold miner rather than physical Gold or gold ETFS?
Would GDX be better tax-wise than GLD?
Does trading in a ROTH shield you?
Disclaimer: this is quoted from Sprott Physical Bullion Trusts, a Gold "Trust" sales article:
2020 was a tremendous year for precious metals investments. Gold bullion gained 25.12% in 2020. Silver bullion rose 47.89%. Palladium climbed 25.86% and platinum increased 10.92%.1 Tax time is here, and it is critically important for investors — especially after a strong year like 2020 — to understand the potential tax ramifications of owning physical precious metals.
For many U.S. investors the returns provided by owning physical gold — and the other precious metals including silver, platinum and palladium — come with a sobering surprise when the assets are sold and it’s time to pay taxes. The reason: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) categorizes gold and other precious metals as "collectibles" which are taxed at a 28% long-term capital gains rate. Gains on most other assets held for more than one year are subject to the 15% or 20% long-term capital gains rates.
According to the IRS2: "Collectibles include works of art, rugs, antiques, metals (such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion), gems, stamps, coins, alcoholic beverages and certain other tangible properties."
Collectibles are Taxed at 28%
This is the case not just for gold coins and bars but also for most ETFs (exchange-traded funds) which are taxed at 28%. Many investors, including financial advisors, run into trouble owning these investments. They assume, incorrectly, that because the gold ETF trades like a stock that it will also be taxed like a stock, which are subject to the long-term capital gains rate of 15% or 20%.
Edited by Rogerdodger, 18 March 2021 - 03:40 PM.