Qualified Dividends

Today TaxMama® hears from Rogers in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question. “My 1099 DIV form shows that I received ,345.
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60 in dividends from a typical domestic stock index fund. But what is unclear is, should the dividend be taxed at capitals gains rates, if it’s a qualified dividend? Or should it be taxed at regular income tax rate if they are just ordinary dividends?
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The $2,345.60 is in both column 1a and 1b. Which one is it – qualified or ordinary?”


Hi Rogers, 

When the 1099-DIV shows an amount in box 1b, (qualified dividends) that’s good news. That means the amount in that box is taxed under capital gains rules.
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(Please follow the links in the reply to get more details about dividends and how they are taxed.)

In your case, this means ALL your dividends are taxed as capital gains.  Well done!

And yes, if there were a lower amount, or no amount in box 1b, then some, or all, of your dividends would be taxed as ordinary income – at your highest progressive tax rate.

Note: I could complicate the issue by warning you about the effect of using an investment interest deduction. But, I won’t. You can read about that complication here.

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