by Jeff Nielson, Bullion Bulls Canada:
Regular readers are familiar with my position on precious metals and (capital gains) taxation. Those individuals who swap their (soon-to-be-worthless) paper currencies for legal tender gold and silver coins for the purpose of spending their gold and silver currency should not/will not be exposed to any (supposed) capital gains when they spend their gold and silver.
This is based on both the principles of our taxation system, as well as simple common sense. To begin with; if we swap one paper currency for another paper currency in order to spend the new currency (perhaps for business or travel) there is never any “capital gain” (or capital loss) assessed should the value of the new currency appreciate (or depreciate).
The reason for this is simple. When we swap currencies for the purpose of spending the new currency, our reason for acquiring that new currency is not to sell it for the profit (the basis of all capital gains taxation). Thus a currency-trader is always subject to capital gains when those currencies fluctuate in value, because the currency-trader’s purpose in acquiring that new currency was to sell it for a profit (which does fall squarely within the principle of capital gains taxation).
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