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Stefan Gleason: Is the US Returning to a Gold Standard?

Tom welcomes Stefan Gleason, president of Money Metals Exchange back to the show. They discuss the legalities and intricacies of purchasing and owning precious metals, as well as the taxation issues surrounding them. Stephen explains the importance of sound money and how it can be achieved through buying and storing gold and silver. He also highlights the legislative victories of the Sound Money Defense League, such as sales tax exemptions for precious metals in several states. Stephen then goes on to explain the difficulty of getting sales tax exemptions passed due to anticipated loss of revenue. He also explains that five states do not have income tax on gold and silver, and that Arkansas and Arizona recently passed laws exempting precious metals from income tax.

Stephen then moves on to discuss Congressman Mooney’s bill which requires an audit of the Federal Reserve’s gold holdings and prohibits the Fed from doing research or development of a Central Bank Digital Currency. Finally, he discusses the idea of spending gold and silver and making it legal tender, as well as the difficulties in making it a viable option. Stephen acknowledges that people are mainly doing it out of ideological reasons, but suggests that it may gain more traction when it becomes the only payment method someone will accept.

Time Stamp References:
0:00 – Introduction
0:50 – State Tax Reform
5:30 – Sales Tax Exemptions
12:23 – Partisan Politics
15:06 – Threshold States
22:43 – Sales & Use Taxes
25:16 – Taxation Reasons
29:45 – Dollar Re-Peg?
35:33 – Treasury Gold Audits
37:59 – Secrecy & Gold Holdings
39:40 – FedNow Purpose
44:47 – Digital Gold
49:47 – Concluding Thoughts

Talking Points From This Episode

  • The legislative successes of the Sound Money Defense League, which has successfully passed sales tax exemptions on precious metals in several states this year.
  • Stephen highlights the progress made this year in Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, Wisconsin, and New Jersey.
  • Congressman Mooney’s bill requiring an audit of the Federal Reserve’s gold holdings could help constrain government spending and curb inflation, and his bill prohibiting the Fed from doing research or development of a CBDC.

Guest Links:

Stefan Gleason is President of Money Metals Exchange, a national precious metals investment company and news service with over 500,000 readers and 250,000 customers. He launched the company while president of a national newsletter publishing company dedicated to helping subscribers protect their freedoms, assets, and privacy.

Gleason founded Money Metals Exchange in 2010 in response to the abusive practices of national advertisers of “rare” coins. These companies often mark up their coins to 50%, 100%, or even higher above their actual melt value. Money Metals believes the average investor should only purchase precious metals at or near their true melt value. The rare coin market is only suitable for highly experienced collectors with money to blow.

Gleason also leads marketing, publishing, and real estate holding companies and legislative projects involving sound money and the precious metals industry. Previously, Gleason served as Vice President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation in Springfield, Virginia. Gleason is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BA degree in Political Science.

Gleason has frequently appeared on national television shows and networks such as CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Christian Broadcasting Network, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. He is often interviewed on national radio shows such as the Lars Larson Show, Michael Reagan Show, G. Gordon Liddy Show, and Ken Hamblin Show. Gleason’s analysis and commentary have appeared in The Wall Street Journal,, Seeking Alpha,, Newsweek, and National Review, among thousands of other national, state, and local newspapers, wire services, and Internet sites.

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