But remember -

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in response to reader comment: Ira - You are spot on!

Submitted by Dan Calabria (United States), Feb 28, 2012 10:01

Mutual funds declare dividends and capital gains annually as realized. In most cases they are automatically reinvested. And it's mandatory for tax favored plans - you cannot receive these distributions directly in cash.

If tax favored plans are NOT included, it makes little difference in terms of increased tax revenues.

Tax favored plan assets are huge and that is the basis for trying to make this change. As a result, it's a no-brainer that such plans would be included in this ill conceived scheme...it's where the money is.

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The Future of Capitalism replies:

If they cared about increasing govt. revenue they wouldn't raise the cap gains rate to begin with...it's a medium-term revenue loser, because people rush to realize the gains before the rate goes up. It's like the Obama answer to the Charles Gibson question — it's not about revenue, it's about "fairness."

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Ira - You are spot on!
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Dan CalabriaFeb 27, 2012 23:31
Tax deferred accounts [54 words]LyleFeb 28, 2012 09:36
⇒ But remember -
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Dan CalabriaFeb 28, 2012 10:01
You're correct Lyle [54 words]Dan CalabriaFeb 28, 2012 12:57

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