Ordinary Dividends

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DEFINITION of 'Ordinary Dividends'

A share of a company's profits passed on to the shareholders on a periodic basis. Ordinary dividends are taxed as ordinary income and are reported on Line 9a of the Schedule B of the Form 1040. All dividends are considered ordinary unless they are specifically classified as qualified dividends.

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BREAKING DOWN 'Ordinary Dividends'

Dividend income is one of the major advantages of stock ownership. Companies will report all aggregate ordinary dividends in box 1 of the Form 1099-DIV. Mutual fund companies pay and report dividends in the same manner.

Find out how ordinary dividends affect your tax return; check out Who needs to fill out IRS Form Schedule B?

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