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How to reduce your silver coin stacking costs by paying less VAT or even go VAT free to buy and sell your silver! Is it possible to buy silver in the UK without paying VAT? Short answer; yes! Business sellers generally charge VAT, but that doesn’t mean private stackers & silver coin buyers have to pay the extra tax! Private coin & silver bullion sellers do not have to charge VAT which means there’s an obvious advantage buying silver on the secondary market if you want to find the lowest cost per ounce of silver. Does secondary market mean lower grade second hand silver? Not at all, in fact given the investment nature of silver bullion, most silver holders tend to keep their silver safely stored away, just like new. It’s not like buying an electric car, watch or phone which are all going to gradually wear out and usually depreciate over time, whereas silver bullion is solid money, it’s a monetary store of value (amongst many other things) although it may show some signs of a natural tarnish or toning, this has no negative effects on it’s ability to perform it''s silver functions! Most investment grade silver bullion coins from the official World Mints are also supplied in air-tights, or protective plastic Mint tubes, which helps keep the coins well protected. Cut out the middlemen, trading directly between trusted sellers with reliable reputations supplying fair priced priced silver bullion coins will ultimately save you money. Should I buy more expensive scarcer coins? Silver coin premiums usually disappear over time, in the long run most value investors tend to price silver in relation to the spot market bullion price plus a reasonable coinage premium. Unless the coins are especially scarce and sought after it is unlikely you will benefit from buying more expensive standard 999 silver bullion varieties like coloured or obscure mint productions. i.e. the lower the initial premium on the bullion you pay, the higher your potential gain on resale. As a general rule you will make more money on silver bullion from buying coins as close to ‘bullion spot’ as possible, than simply hoping that a huge rally in silver prices will help you recover higher priced, taxed premium coins. There are ways to buy cheaper silver and if your aim is to build a profitable investment collection, it pays to reduce your costs per ounce by dealing with fellow silver sellers directly and learn how to confidently accumulate tax free silver directly from trusted sellers. SilverHubs enable you to deal person-to-person, tax and vat free, buying your silver coins at the lowest prices by eliminating un-necessary complexity and overheads. When you just want fair trade priced, cheap affordable silver bullion which you can use to store your purchasing power, investment value and have a trusted unit of internationally recognised currency with which you can freely trade, buying the lowest priced pure one ounce 999 silver coins are a good place to start. Buying pure 999 silver legal tender coins at the lowest premiums is a sure way to get more bullion for your buck! Growing in popularity is the trend to buy silver from smaller retailers who can trade under the VAT threshold, or indeed from coin dealers in the UK and EU who are using the margin scheme whereby they charge VAT at either a lower rate or just on the ‘profit margin’ thus giving you a lower purchase price for qualifying silver. Buying VAT free UK Royal Mint Britannia £2 silver bullion coins Whilst the Britannia silver bullion coin is produced or ‘Minted’ by the UK Royal Mint, it’s seldom the cheapest place to actually buy their own silver coins from! I guess much of the Mints extra premium comes from the sheer size of their minting business and the high overheads that are associated with the sales and administration of such a complex enterprise. The Royal Mint are also obliged to add a 20% added vat tax onto their silver selling prices. Whereas in contrast silver which has already had some degree of tax paid, or been imported from low tax Countries, can then be subsequently re-sold here in the UK at a lower price. Even new UK Britannia silver coins can often be found on the secondary market, wholesale distributors or via import agents at a substantially lower price than you would find from the UK Mint or the UK’s larger coin and bullion dealers. It's those ‘overheads’ taxation which often needs to be covered by these larger businesses charging higher premiums above spot for their physical coin sales) Taking delivery of physical silver bullion saves storage costs & counter-party liabilities There’s a saying in precious metals forums “If you don’t hold it, you don’t own it!” Whilst the sound of VAT free overseas stored silver coins and bars sounds appealing, it usually comes with some big potential pitfalls There’s a monthly storage fee If you ever want to physically get hold of your silver in times of financial turmoil, they’ll be extra shipping costs as well as any relevant vat and taxes to pay once you opt to take delivery. Most ‘allocated platforms’ also have fees or a buy/sell spread. When you want to sell your silver coins you can only re-sell back to the same dealer that's holding your silver - thus you do not have access to a free open market price, i.e. you're stuck with what-ever price this single buyer will offer, which is often just 'spot price' hence you loose any coinage premium you paid. The simplest, safest way to buy and hold silver bullion is to buy popular internationally recognised legal tender coins which are easy to re-sell, small units of easily tradable silver like Britannia, Krugerrands, Dragon bars, Maple-leafs, American Eagles, Kangaroo pure 9999 silver etc. Buy from a non registered or VAT free seller and take physical ownership at the lowest cost per Troy ounce silver you can find. Now you’ve bought your silver investment at a good price, how and where can you re-sell silver coins without incurring sellers fees and auction commissions? SilverHubs is a fair trading community for silver which enables silver stackers to trade together in a safe, trusted environment whereby everyone can benefit from sharing the silver resources and information to make the buying and selling process clear and fair for all. How the coin trade prices work to help both buyer and seller; Because sellers can advertise their silver coins and precious metals on the trade Hubs without any selling or listing fees it means they can offer their coins at a fairer price when compared to selling at a typical auction. Buyers benefit from getting direct person-to-person access with sellers, i.e. there are no middlemen or associated trading costs, no vat from private sellers, plus any trade sellers here will be competing to offer their best value products and special offers. Comparing to buying at dealers; Silver coin retailers would typically add a coin re-sale premium on top of the Mint production and resale premiums, on top of which 20% UK Vat is also added, (or any state-side taxes) unless it’s a secondary market Margin scheme sale, in which case the tax is paid on the profit margin but they'll still be some element of profit based tax. Sourcing reasonable quantities of silver bullion from UK margin scheme sellers can be a time consuming challenge, especially at times of spot bullion price appreciation when silver coin prices are rising, because there simply isn’t a lot of quality silver coins and bars coming onto the second hand market. Linking buyers directly with silver sellers on the secondary silver market is something the Hubs are actively engaged with to help silver investors find reputable sources for accumulating silver bullion at fair trade prices. Conclusion & summary for sourcing silver coins VAT free The first thing to think about when buying silver is; where am I going to sell it. Is the silver fairly priced compared to spot silver? general average bullion coins will usually range 10-30% over spot. If you can source UK silver coins around 25% over spot, it's usually a fair mid trade price which basically covers the costs of coin production and distribution. (as opposed to say 45-50% over spot which you may find at dealers who are adding on 20% vat) Dealing direct person-to-person fee free / 0% sellers fees with trusted feedback ranked sellers helps you find the best priced silver Further insights about investing in silver and precious metals Consider your own objectives - is it a mid or long term investment? precious metals investing is rarely profitable as a short term hold unless you’re really skilful or lucky! with you’re investment timing. Choosing when and how to scale is important, it’s worth being aware of international events, politics and monetary policies which might effect your timing and entry price for buying precious metals. Become well informed regarding your own tax situation in respect of any liability to pay capital gains tax on the sale of physical gold or silver. In the UK there is generally an annual amount of capital gains free income allowance, i.e. you won’t need to pay a tax on this specific amount of the capital gain you might make when you re-sell your precious metal holdings. In UK any coins which have a UK legal tender status are classed as CGT free, these include Britannia silver bullion coins with a face value of £2 pounds, Coat of Arms 1ounce silver bullion coin also with a legal tender value of two Pounds, various Queens Beast’s 2oz (Two Troy ounces of 9999 silver) which is £5 face value legal tender, as well as various other silver bullion coinage issued by the UK Royal Mint. Certain UK Gold bullion coins also have CGT free status, being legal tender; UK gold Sovereigns are £1, Britannia gold coins in various sizes are all legal tender as detailed below. * Individual Countries each have their own rules regarding declaring gains and paying capital gains tax when selling precious metals for a profit. i.e. In the United States, each State will have it’s own rules for taxation as well as the federal capital gains tax which applies to gains on most investment gains. Trading or barter of silver for third party goods or services could also have certain requirements to record any potential gain, if indeed you are making a profit by trading your precious metal. In theory, if you decide to exchange your gold or silver for good or services equal to the amount you paid for it, then there’s no gain! In practice, were you to trade 10 silver coins for say a $200 car repair it’s hard to see how anyone is going to account for that as a gain? Obviously trading a tonne of silver for a property may be a different entity! If anyone has specialised professional knowledge and research on using silver in payment and barter, we’d love to hear from you and feature more in-depth work on this topic. Another aspect with using any form of legal tender cash including US Dollars, US $1 silver Eagles, UKPounds etc - is that they are freely floating currencies and by their very nature are constantly going up or down in relative value and in reality who ever declares a capital gain on their actual earned currency notes, if for instance you take them overseas and exchange them at a relatively higher value than you paid or earned them at!? * final footnote - always seek professional tax accounting advice relevant to your own personal or business situation. * further notes on legal tender and how not all legal tender is created equally! (coin updating to articles) Summary note: the higher legal tender face value coins like £50 limited issue - actually contain no more silver bullion than the UK £2 Britannia, both being one Troy ounce of silver. Britannia Gold coins face values One ounce: £100 Half ounce: £50 Quarter ounce: £25 One-tenth ounce: £10 Britannia Silver coins face values One ounce: £2 Half ounce: £1 Quarter ounce: 50 pence One-tenth ounce: 25 pence UK Mint 2 ounce Queens Beasts silver bullion coins are £5 five pounds face value UK Mint 10 ounce Queens Beasts silver bullion coins are £10 ten pounds face value Coin facts and silver content American junk silver coins Roosevelt Dimes, Washington Quarters, Liberty Franklin and Kennedy Half-Dollars minted 1964 or earlier are .900 bullion containing 90% silver. The values of most average circulated USA silver coins minted in the 1920′s up to 1964 is derived primarily from the coins silver content. UK collector silver coins Pre 1920 coins are .925 Sterling silver and are always a popular choice with collectors and silver investors worldwide. British pre 1947 silver coins are .500 silver bullion which contains 50% silver. There are a number of advantages to investing in these older legal tender precious metal coins: they are often more collectible than general bullion coins and bars. Junk or scrap silver coins can often be purchased closer to spot price. Official World Mints solid .999 silver bullion coins with amongst the lowest premiums include 999 or 9999 silver bullion coins include; USA $1 American Eagle, UK £2 Britannia, Canada $1 MapleLeaf, Mexico Libertad, South Africa Krugerrand, Australia Kangaroo & Perth Mint 9999 silver Dragon bars, European minted Austria Vienne Philharmonic. These coins contain the purest grade 999 parts / 1000 of silver bullion Whilst there are many other pure 999 silver coins available from a vast array of official as well as private Mints, many are often sold are higher premiums to collectors, or in the case of private minted coins and bars, they often do not have quite as broad an appeal as the more recognised legal tender coins which generally benefit from better supply demand dynamics. i.e good prices and always in demand! Wether you are new to silver stacking or a seasoned precious metals investor, we’re confident that you’ll discover some precious treasures insights here on the Hubs and silver forums. Buy, sell & trading with silver helps silver appreciate and build value. SilverHubs are advocates of sound silver money | your input on the hubs helps build a World silver resource for everyones benefit Thank You - I appreciate your support, Steve Hotson, SilverHubs founder & administrator