You must pay capital gains tax for selling gold in Australia (a tax rate of 28%) if your gold bars have a higher value during the sale compared to the purchase price. Capital gains taxes usually have a lower rate than labor income tax. The IRD has concluded that revenues from the sale of gold bars (gold bars, gold coins, certificates or units in gold) are taxable income. Tax legislation considers income to be any amount that a person earns from the sale of a property that they have purchased for the purpose of alienating it.
The IRD has come to this conclusion because gold bars do not provide annual income returns while held. Consequently, the only way for a taxpayer to make a profit from an investment in gold bars is for the person to sell them. The IRD's view is that this indicates that the person must have had a dominant purpose of alienation when the taxpayer purchased the gold. The IRD states that a taxpayer's purpose in acquiring gold, whether as a long-term investment, as a hedge against inflation, to diversify the portfolio or as a store of value outside the monetary system, is not sufficient to refute the presumption of a dominant purpose of alienation.
Government legislation will make mandatory an approach to paying the goods and services tax, or GST, which the Australian Tax Office has encouraged the gold industry to adopt on a voluntary basis since January. In addition, buyers of molten gold can request GST credits and then simply recycle them into ingots, creating an unvirtuous cycle in which GST payments never end up with the ATO, while GST credits are repeatedly claimed. If you sell gold bars, the IRD will expect you to return as income the amount received from your sale. This means that buying ingots, melting them into scrap metal and selling them entitles the person or entity that organized the merger to collect GST when they sell them later.
The IRD accepts that, in some situations, the taxpayer's primary objective in acquiring gold bars may be different from disposal. If you don't return the amount as income, you'll need evidence that refutes the presumption that you purchased the gold bars for a predominant purpose of alienation. The repression will be implemented by annulling GST referral agreements, so that those who buy precious metals must send and declare it, not those who sell them. To be a precious metal, the object must be a gold, silver or platinum metal with minimal fineness.
Of course, you'll be entitled to a deduction for the cost of gold bars and the costs incurred to sell them. Test coins, other collectible coins, and gold, silver, or platinum jewelry are not precious metals. To ensure that fraudulent activity does not simply move from gold to other metals, the changes will apply to all precious metals, said Kelly O'Dwyer, Minister of Revenue and Financial Services. Jewelry made of gold, silver or platinum does not meet the GST Act's definition of precious metals.