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tjpakula43
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Why do the running refund amounts posted on turbo tax screen decrease when exempt interest dividends are entered in box 10?

 
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AnthonyC
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Why do the running refund amounts posted on turbo tax screen decrease when exempt interest dividends are entered in box 10?

While tax-exempt dividends are exempt from direct taxation, they are included in some adjusted income formulas for determining items such the amount of taxable social security benefits, health care credits, and the alternative minimum tax.  So, for example, by entering tax-exempt interest or dividends this could lead to having a greater amount of social security benefits taxed, which could reduce a refund.  Also, in many cases these items are not exempt from state taxation, so you would see a state refund reduced.

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AnthonyC
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Why do the running refund amounts posted on turbo tax screen decrease when exempt interest dividends are entered in box 10?

While tax-exempt dividends are exempt from direct taxation, they are included in some adjusted income formulas for determining items such the amount of taxable social security benefits, health care credits, and the alternative minimum tax.  So, for example, by entering tax-exempt interest or dividends this could lead to having a greater amount of social security benefits taxed, which could reduce a refund.  Also, in many cases these items are not exempt from state taxation, so you would see a state refund reduced.

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