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What Taxpayers Need To Know About Dividends, Interest And Capital Gains In The New Tax Landscape

Blake Christian
Key Takeaways
  • Regular dividends are generally not eligible for the lower long-term capital gains tax rates that Qualified Dividends receive unless the recipient holds the underlying shares for a specific period of time.
  • A common misconception is that the underlying shares must be held for longer than one year in order for any related dividends to be taxed as Qualified Dividends.
  • Since Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) generally pay no entity-level tax, dividends issued by a REIT are generally not eligible for the reduced rates assigned to Qualified Dividends.
  • Mutual fund distributions will only qualify for the reduced tax rate to the degree that the amount is determined to be a Qualified Dividend that’s received by the mutual fund.

Introduction
With the new 21 percent flat tax rate, along with liberalized asset depreciation and expensing provisions plus a lower tax on repatriated foreign earnings, the landmark Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been a boon to U.S. C corporations since its passage late last year. But, many individual taxpayers and their advisors are still digesting the changes and mulling over their next steps. Below is a primer about the tax treatment of dividends, interest and capital gains in light of the new tax reform landscape.

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Tax Alert (Italy) – Budget Law For 2018 Introduces Major Developments To Domestic Tax System

This is the fifth of a series of posts on the major developments introduced by Law No. 205 (enacting the Italian Budget Law for 2018),

Individual taxation – Regime applicable to dividends and capital gains derived from individuals outside a business capacity

The current tax regime applicable to dividends and capital gains, realized by individuals acting as non-entrepreneurs, depends foremost from the type of qualification that the holding assumes in the hand of the individual. Read more

Tax Alert (Italy) – Budget Law For 2018 Introduces Major Developments To Domestic Tax System

This is the fourth of a series of posts on the major developments introduced by Law No. 205 (enacting the Italian Budget Law for 2018),

Individual taxation – Modification of black-list criteria for CFC purposes: taxation of profits accrued and distributed in different fiscal periods and under different rules Read more

Budget Law For 2018 Introduces Major Developments To Domestic Tax System- Part II

This is the second of a series of posts on the major developments introduced by Law No. 205 (enacting the Italian Budget Law for 2018)

Corporate taxation – Changes to calculation of EBITDA for deduction of any excess of interest expenses Read more

Tax Time Has Arrived! Are You Ready?

If you’re like most taxpayers, you find yourself with an ominous stack of “homework” around TAX TIME! Pulling together the records for your tax appointment is never easy, but the effort usually pays off in the extra tax you save! When you arrive at your appointment fully prepared, you’ll have more time to:

  • Consider every possible legal deduction;
  • Evaluate which income reporting and deductions are best suited to your situation;
  • Explore current law changes that affect your tax status;
  • Talk about tax-planning alternatives that could reduce your future tax liability.

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Borrowing To Redeem Shares Or Pay Dividends

Larry Stolberg

It is my understanding that the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA” Canada) has not changed it’s position on the deductibility on interest incurred on borrowing to fund the redemption of shares or the payment of dividends.

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