Rules and Regulations by States
Click on your state in the image map below:
Buying Gold and Silver in the United States from USA Mint
When you purchase your favorite gold and silver bullion products
from USA Mint, you’re in some cases required to pay local sales tax
on your purchases. Because local sales tax rates are based upon the
address we’ll be shipping your bullion products to, there is often
confusion for consumers about what their eventual total will be. To
clear up the confusion, we’ve created an interactive directory that
lets you research your state’s sales tax rules and regulations so
you know in advance what to expect. Please note that your sales tax
is dependent upon where we are shipping your bullion, and not
necessarily your home address.
If you store your gold and silver bullion somewhere other than your home state, please make sure to check the sales tax rates for that location.
Why Is There a Change in Tax Collection?
On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States announced a decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. case. In short, South Dakota argued that it was losing out on local sales taxes as consumers spent more money shopping online rather than in brick-and-mortar locations. The 1992 Quill Corp v. North Dakota case had set a precedent for how states would eventually deal with online retailers. Back then, the court ruled in favor of Quill Corp, which it agreed did not need to collect sales tax on sales in North Dakota because it had no physical presence in the state.
The June 21st decision in 2018 by SCOTUS wipes out that precedent and opens the door for states to begin forcing online retailers to collect and remit local sales taxes. Online retailers are now forced with adapting to a variety of different sales tax rates and rules across the nation. At USA Mint, we’re adjusting to the changes and working to make it easier for our customer base to gain a clearer understanding of their total sales figure before a purchase is complete.
We’ve developed our interactive menu to help you figure out what type of sales tax, if any, you’ll face.
States Where We Currently Collect Sales Tax
We presently charge sales tax on the following states in some form.
What We’re Doing at USA Mint
At USA Mint, we’re taking concrete steps to help you better understand how your purchase of gold and silver is impacted by the sales tax change. First and foremost, we’re only charging sales tax in some states. Within those states, there are distinctions based upon the type of product. Some states do not charge for the purchase of bullion coins, while others charge for numismatic products and accessories such as flips, capsules, and apparel.
For example, Vermont requires USA Mint to collect a sales tax on all products shipped to a Vermont address.
At USA Mint, we encourage you to take a moment and use our interactive map before you buy so you know exactly what you’ll be charged for sales tax on your purchase. Our goal is to clear up the confusion for you so you have a better idea of how much you’re spending on your favorite precious metal items.