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Capital Gain Tax versus dividend tax

18 11. Max Johnson owns 200 shares of Newmont Labs, Inc., which he bought for $15 per share. He is in a 33 percent tax bracket. It is the first week in December, and he has already received the full cash dividend for the year of $1.60 per share. The stock is currently selling for $25.50. He has decided to sell the stock and after paying broker commissions, his net proceeds will be $25 per share. His tax rate on capital gains is 20 percent.

a. How much in total taxes will Max pay this year for his investment in Newmont Labs, Inc.? Consider dividend income as well as capital gains.

b. Discuss the advantages of the capital gains tax over the tax on dividends.

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Step 1: Calculate total dividend received

Total dividend received = No. of shares * dividend per share
= 200*1.6=$320

Step2: Calculate tax on dividend

Tax bracket for dividends=33%

Tax paid on dividends = Total Dividend received * tax rate
= 320*.33=105.6

Step 3: ...

Solution Summary

Posting presents step-wise solution to the problem along with formulas. The steps include: Calculate total dividend received, Calculate tax on dividend, Calculate capital gain, Calculate tax paid on capital gain, Add to get total tax. It further discusses the advantages of capital gain tax versus dividend tax.