Governor Bill Lee Signs Repeal of Tax on Gold and Silver Sales

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed legislation that will repeal the tax on gold and silver sales in the state.

House Bill 1874, which was overwhelmingly passed by the state legislature during their session, will allow residents to purchase the metals without the added costs.

The effort to repeal the tax, which was introduced by Representative Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport) and Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains), was backed by the Sound Money Defense League, Money Metals Exchange, and Campaign for Liberty.

Supporters detailed the importance of repealing the state tax, because there is no federal tax on the sale of the precious metals.

“I’ve been working to free gold and silver from sales taxes in Tennessee since my kids were in elementary school. The Sound Money Defense League, in-state dealers, and folks all across Tennessee made their voices heard and helped get this bill across the finish line,” said Rep. Hulsey,

According to the Sound Money Defense League, the repeal of the sales tax will benefit residents of the state in multiple ways:

  • Taxing precious metals is unfair to certain savers and investors. Gold and silver are held as forms of savings and investment. States do not tax the purchase of stocks, bonds, ETFs, currencies, and other financial instruments, so it makes no sense to tax monetary metals.
  • Levying sales taxes on precious metals is illogical because gold and silver are inherently held for resale. Sales taxes are typically levied on final consumer goods. Precious metals are inherently held for resale, not “consumption,” making the application of sales taxes on precious metals illogical and especially inappropriate.
  • Taxing gold and silver harms in-state businesses. It’s a competitive marketplace, so buyers in states with precious-metals sales taxes often take their business to neighboring states that have eliminated or reduced sales tax on precious metals

In addition to Tennessee, 41 other states have opted to remove the added costs.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Bill Lee” by Bill Lee. Background Photo “Silver and Gold” by kevinp133.

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5 Thoughts to “Governor Bill Lee Signs Repeal of Tax on Gold and Silver Sales”

  1. Bill in Tennessee

    Any idea when this law goes into effect?

  2. 83ragtop50

    Wow! Sounds like the rich folks and the precious metals lobby bought out the legislators. Nothing new to this scenario. Since when does it matter if the feds do not tax something? How about no tax on groceries? The feds do not tax them. EVERYONE would benefit from that tax law change. But we “little people” hold no clout with the legislators.

    1. Harv

      User tax is probably less than an income tax which we’d have without the sales tax on food. Plus EVERYONE pays.

    2. James W Willis

      Must agree, sales tax on food and medical supplies should also be removed, this is a case where these items should not be taxed.

  3. Tennessee now needs to partner with our musicians and request that when people come to hear our music, a commodity found nowhere else, that they pay admission with $ound Rounds of Silver. A round of silver is a Constitutional United States ‘Dollar.’ From here we deposit that into a state bank, similar to the bank of North Dakota.

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