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Distributions In Kind And The Dividends Paid Deduction--Conflict In The Circuits, Dwight Drake Jan 1977

Distributions In Kind And The Dividends Paid Deduction--Conflict In The Circuits, Dwight Drake

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The dividends paid deduction provided for in section 561 of the Internal Revenue Code is of vital importance to any corporation that is subject to the accumulated earnings tax or the personal holding company tax. Either of these taxes, if applicable, is imposed in addition to the federal income taxes otherwise payable by the corporation.

Since the accumulated earnings tax is substantial and the personal holding company tax is downright confiscatory, a corporation must do whatever is necessary legally to avoid paying these additional taxes. A corporation subject to either of the taxes generally can avoid them only by taking ...