When do dividends qualify for lower rates?
March 8, 2004
Subject: qualifying dividend beginning date
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004
An AARP bulletin said that dividends before May 31 were not qualified dividends (eligible for long-term capital gains rates). Your articles say the new law was retroactive to January 1, 2003. Who is right?
Carol from Fremont
Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2004
Qualified dividends are eligible for the lower tax rates, retroactively to January 1, 2003. It could be the AARP article was referring to long-term capital gains dividends. Those dividends aren't eligible for the lower long-term capital gains tax rates until after May 31. These details are disclosed on Form 1099DIV.
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