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What are Dividends?
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Dividends to shareholders are taxable only to the extent the payments are made from either Net Income (current earnings and profits) or Retained Earnings (accumulated earnings and profits).
* Return on Investment: EARNINGS AND PROFITS
* Return of Investment: CAPITAL cannot be chosen by a taxpayer
* Capital Gain: LIABILITIES
When a corporation issues a simple stock dividend, the shareholder does not realize income. However, if the shareholder has the option of receiving cash instead, he/she must realize the value of the stock received, rather than the cash rejected.
TAX BENEFIT RULE
If a taxpayer obtains a deduction for an item in one year and in a later year recovers all or the portion of the prior deduction, the recovery is included in gross income in the year received.
Example: In 1999 Mimi deducted as a loss a $1,000 receivable from the customer when it appeared the amount would never be collected. The following year, the customer paid $700 on the AR. Mimi must report that $700 as gross income in 2000.
INCOME FROM DISCHARGE OF INDEBTEDNESS
A transfer of appreciated property
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