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If I get paid cash dividends and I paid taxes on it in the year I received it, do I count the total amount of dividends in loss or gain when I sell my stocks?

If I get paid cash dividends and I paid taxes on it in the year I received it, do I count the total amount of dividends in loss or gain when I sell my stocks?

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September 2018

Cash dividends are not factored when looking at capital gains or losses when selling a stock.  However, there may be times when a dividend paid to you gets characterized as a return of capital.  This tends to happen more frequently with MLP's and REITS.  In this instance, you will not pay taxes in the year that your recieved your dividend but in turn will reduce the cost basis of your holding and will pay a higher capital gain when you sell.  

This information becomes more clear with your 1099 or k-1 received at the end of the year.  

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