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The Great 2012 Cashout
Wall Street Journal, by Editors

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Posted By:jackson, 11/29/2012 8:40:18 AM

Perhaps you´ve heard from various economic sages that tax rates don´t matter either to economic growth or taxpayer behavior. Don´t tell that to the companies and individuals who are busy cashing out their investments or paying dividends to get ahead of the Obama tax scythe in January. Costco, COST +5.92% the giant wholesale-club operator, announced Wednesday that it will pay a special dividend of $7 a share before the end of the year. That´s about $3 billion the company will return to shareholders that the feds will only tax at 15%

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Getting paid before Obama´s tax gestapo gets going!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 11/29/2012 8:56:43 AM     (No. 9039048)

I know of several smaller companies that are doing just this. Paying the dividend in 2012 instead of 2013. And tax planning to avoid 2013 increase to the ´super´ rich ($250,000/yr) is in full swing. As a kid, I never thought of a mere $250,000 as super rich. Usually one needed to make 7 figures to reach that category. But now the goobernment can define ´rich´ as whatever it needs to steal via a tax. I hate my goobernment.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nosillod, 11/29/2012 10:50:51 AM     (No. 9039294)

Talk with your accountant. See if Deemed Dividends works for your company. It is a new phrase for me, but it will save me money. And don´t forget that even if the dividend rate stays at 15% there is still a 3.5% (I think) additional tax on dividends from Obamacare coming next year. Obama may see a bounce in revenue this year, but over the next few years revenues will decline.

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