OREM -- A Utah man attempting to pay his taxes with silver is being rebuffed by state and county officials who say it's impractical to accept precious metals as payment.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Orem resident Carlton Bowen is not being allowed to use the metals despite a state law passed earlier this year that made gold and silver legal tender.
Utah State Treasurer Richard Ellis says the state cannot authenticate or store gold and silver coins. State law also prohibits agencies from holding gold as an asset because of the commodity's volatility.
The state law that went into effect in May made it possible for people to use gold and silver coins instead of cash. But the legislation didn't require that the coins had to be accepted.