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 Qualified Dividend

Qualified dividends are dividends that are taxed at the lower 5 or 15 percent tax rates instead of at the ordinary income tax rate. The IRS states that in order for dividend income to qualify for the reduced capital gains tax rates two guidelines must be met. Both the company paying the dividend and the holding period relative to the ex-dividend date must qualify.

GainsKeeper's DivTracker product is an easy to use tool that removes the complicated qualified dividend calculations. Taxpayers can use DivTracker to produce a Qualified Dividend Report displaying their ordinary dividend and qualified dividend income - figures required for tax filing in line 9a and 9b of IRS form 1040.

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