Thankfully, Representative Jill Ford has introduced House Bill 426 to remove this tax, and it passed the House of Representatives today. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
To grasp the importance of House Bill 426, it is vital to grasp the current state of affairs regarding precious metal taxation. The citizens of other states can purchase gold as a protection from “the hidden tax of inflation” without getting a sales tax on top of it.
According to analysis produced by the Sound Money Defense League, Mississippi is one of only nine states in the nation that imposes sales tax on bullion. In addition, of the states that impose sales tax on bullion, Mississippi has among the highest state-level sales tax of the nine states that impose sales tax on bullion.
This means that even when compared to the few states that also impose sales tax on precious metals, Mississippi has the least competitive rates. Furthermore, of the four states that neighbor Mississippi, three of them do not charge sales tax on the purchase of bullion. This means that those seeking to purchase precious metals are far better off with Mississippi’s neighbors.
It is easy and accurate for Mississippi leaders to justly point fingers at Washington for the inflation that has eaten away at American savings and investments. Yet, the state of Mississippi is to blame if its citizens are hesitant to exchange the inflating dollar for gold when the gold is 7 percent more expensive just because of a state-level tax.
When Mississippi imposes a sales tax on gold, this can heavily impact the growth potential of gold as a protection against inflation. Consider the following scenario. A Mississippian might have bought $5,000 in gold in 2018 at the average price per ounce of $1,268. This would have given them a tax bill of $350. This would mean that the total investment cost would be $5,350.
If the sales tax was not there, the entire $5,350 could be used to purchase gold. This would mean that in 2021 the $5,350 investment cost would have been worth an average of $7,089 with the sales tax. Without the sales tax, this $5,350 investment cost would be worth $7,569. That $350 sales tax would ultimately cost the taxpayer $480 in gold value. It’s time for Mississippi to repeal this burdensome tax that discourages investment and places a sales tax penalty on those who seek to protect their money from inflation. Hats off to the legislature for working to remove this tax that works against Mississippians seeking to protect their savings and investments with precious metals.