dividend tax

Ellison, Oracle One-Up Everyone with a December Triple Dividend

A lot of companies have moved up their January dividends to late December this year, to help shareholders avoid a 2013 tax hike. And some of those dividends have been made extra juicy. But Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is going even bigger: He's issuing three quarters worth of dividends at once.

Is This Your Last Shot to Grab Investing Gains Totally Tax-Free?

When Congress passed the Bush tax cuts in 2003, they set the dividend rate and the long-term capital gains rate at just 15%. But the rate was made even lower for people in the bottom two tax brackets -- and if you qualify, you may only have a few more weeks to capitalize on that.

Why It's Time to Dump Your Dividend Stocks

With the Dow surging past 13,000, capital gains fans are sitting pretty, and a Barron's poll of financial experts says dividend stocks are the place for the smart money to be. But all the exuberance is masking several reasons why it's actually time to get out of those popular equities.

The High Cost to Middle Class of Low Taxes on the Rich

The GOP approach of cutting taxes and slashing expenses has its attractions: Nobody likes paying taxes, and "tightening our belts" sounds ever so grown up. But these proposed cuts in taxes and spending will benefit the wealthy, while placing an outsized burden on the country's poor and middle class.