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IRS aims to clarify investment income tax under healthcare law

IRS aims to clarify investment income tax under healthcare law

WASHINGTON | Mon Dec 3, 2012 6:14pm EST

(Reuters) - The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law.

The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income.

The tax affects only individuals with more than $200,000 in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), and married couples filing jointly with more than $250,000 of MAGI.

The tax applies to a broad range of investment securities ranging from stocks and bonds to commodity securities and specialized derivatives.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/03/us-usa-tax-irs-idU...