Dividends Alternative?

Duff, Susanna
March 2003
Bond Buyer;3/28/2003, Vol. 343 Issue 31803, p1
Trade Publication
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas is floating a proposal that could reduce taxes on certain corporate dividends without harming the tax-exempt bond market. Thomas' trial balloon proposes taxing dividends the same way capital gains are taxed, but at the lowest current rates. Under the proposal, which has not been formally released, investors would be taxed on both eligible dividends and capital gains assets, based on their income. Currently, the highest-income investors are taxed on their capital gains at a 20% rate for investments held for fewer than five years and at an 18% tax rate for investments held more than five years.


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