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Now in Effect: Virginia Law Takes First Step to Support Sound Money

By Michael Maharrey

On Jan. 1, a Virginia law that repeals sales taxes from some purchases of bullion and china went into effect. It represents an critical first step toward enlivening its unchanging use as banking and breaking the Federal Reserve’s corner on money.

A bipartisan bloc of representatives and senators sponsored House Bill 1668 (HB1668) and Senate Bill 934 (SB934). The legislation exempts gold, silver, and bullion bullion or authorised proposal coins whose sales cost exceeds $1,000 from state sales tax. Each piece of gold, silver, or bullion or authorised proposal china need not surpass $1,000, supposing that the sales cost of one whole transaction of such pieces exceeds $1,000. With bullion over $1,000 an ounce, a singular bullion china will surpass this threshold.

Under the new law, the grant will remain in place until Jun 30, 2022.

The House passed HB1668 by a 99-0 vote. It passed in the Senate by a opinion of 38-1.



Imagine if you asked a grocery clerk to mangle a $5 check and he charged you a 35 cent tax. Silly, right? After all, you were only exchanging one form of income for another. But that’s radically what Virginia’s sales taxation on bullion and china did. By stealing the sales taxation on the sell of bullion and silver, Virginia will provide changed steel specie as income instead of a commodity. This represents a tiny step toward reestablishing bullion and china as authorised tender, and breaking down the Fed’s corner on money.

“We ought not to taxation income – and that’s a good idea. It creates no clarity to taxation money,” former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul pronounced during testimony in support an Arizona bill that repealed collateral gains taxes on bullion and china in that state. “Paper is not money, it’s fraud,” he continued.

The new law’s impact goes over tiny taxation policy. During an eventuality after his Senate cabinet testimony, Paul forked out that it’s really about the distance and range of government.

If you’re for reduction government, you wish sound money. The people who wish big government, they don’t wish sound money. They wish to mistreat you and dedicate fraud. They wish to imitation the money. They wish a monopoly. They wish to get you conditioned, as the schools have conditioned us, to the indicate where deficits don’t matter.

Practically speaking, expelling taxes on the sale of bullion and china cracks open the doorway for people to start using changed metals in unchanging business transactions. This would symbol an critical tiny step toward banking competition. If sound income gains a foothold in the marketplace against Federal Reserve notes, people would be means to select the verified fortitude of bullion and china over the executive bank’s rapidly-depreciating paper currency.


The United States Constitution states in Article I, Section 10, “No State shall…make any Thing but bullion and china Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.” States have simply abandoned this inherent sustenance for years. It’s unfit for states to return to a inherent sound income complement when it taxes bullion and china as a commodity.

This Virginia law takes a step towards that inherent requirement, abandoned for decades in every state. Such a tactic sets the theatre to criticise the corner of the Federal Reserve by introducing foe into the financial system.

Constitutional proposal consultant Professor William Greene pronounced when people in mixed states actually start using bullion and china instead of Federal Reserve Notes, it would effectively stop the Federal Reserve and finish the sovereign government’s corner on money.

Over time, as residents of the state use both Federal Reserve records and china and bullion coins, the fact that the coins hold their value some-more than Federal Reserve records do will lead to a “reverse Gresham’s Law” effect, where good income (gold and china coins) will drive out bad income (Federal Reserve notes). As this happens, a cascade of events can start to occur, including the upsurge of genuine resources toward the state’s treasury, an liquid of banking business from outward of the state – as people in other states lift out their enterprise to bank with sound income – and an contingent cheer against the use of Federal Reserve records for any transactions.

Once things get to that point, Federal Reserve records would turn mostly neglected and irrelevant for typical people. Nullifying the Fed on a state by state turn is what will get us there.

Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center, where this essay first appeared. He proudly resides in the strange home of the Principles of ’98 – Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his essay archive here.He is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. You can revisit his personal website at MichaelMaharrey.com and like him on Facebook HERE

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