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# Dividends Question

I've got a question about dividends.  I understand that there are exceptions, but I am just wishing to get a very general understanding.

Let's say that as a single filer I make \$32,000 a year (gross adjusted income) and I receive \$5,000 in qualified dividends in addition to that.  Because I am in the lower tax bracket I will pay no taxes on the dividends.

Now let's say that I get a raise to \$35,000 a year and receive \$10,000 in dividends in addition to that.  Without dividends I am in a lower tax bracket, with them I am in a higher tax bracket.

Will I pay taxes on dividends?  If I pay taxes on them will I pay no taxes on the dividends until I get to the \$39,375 point then pay 12% (as opposed to 15%) on the remaining 5,625?

Cheers -

george

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Level 15

## Dividends Question

You will pay no taxes on the dividends until you get to the \$39,375 point. But, the \$39,475 (not 39,375) is taxable income, not AGI.  But then you will  pay 15% (not 12%, but also not 24%) on QD.

Your AGI includes any qualified dividends (QD). So, in your first example, your AGI is \$32000 + \$5000 = \$37,000.  Your taxable income is 37,000 - 12,200 (standard deduction) = \$24, 800. None of your QD are taxable (technically taxed at 0%).

Your 2nd example has the same results. QD taxed at 0%.

Let's make a 3rd example. \$45,000 salary and \$10,000 QD = \$55,000 AGI. 55,000-12,200= 42,800 taxable income.  42,800 - 39,475 = \$3,325 QD will be taxed at 15%.  \$6675 QD will be taxed at 0%.

Note that while you are technically "in the 24% tax bracket", none of your income is taxed at 24%, because of the special rate for QD.

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Level 15

## Dividends Question

You will pay no taxes on the dividends until you get to the \$39,375 point. But, the \$39,475 (not 39,375) is taxable income, not AGI.  But then you will  pay 15% (not 12%, but also not 24%) on QD.

Your AGI includes any qualified dividends (QD). So, in your first example, your AGI is \$32000 + \$5000 = \$37,000.  Your taxable income is 37,000 - 12,200 (standard deduction) = \$24, 800. None of your QD are taxable (technically taxed at 0%).

Your 2nd example has the same results. QD taxed at 0%.

Let's make a 3rd example. \$45,000 salary and \$10,000 QD = \$55,000 AGI. 55,000-12,200= 42,800 taxable income.  42,800 - 39,475 = \$3,325 QD will be taxed at 15%.  \$6675 QD will be taxed at 0%.

Note that while you are technically "in the 24% tax bracket", none of your income is taxed at 24%, because of the special rate for QD.

Level 1

## Dividends Question

Thank you for the clear answer.

Cheers -

george

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