There are complications that arise when a client receives a dividend from a company that is headquartered outside the U.S.

Many times the amount received is not the full amount of the dividend because taxes are withheld as dictated by the treaty (or lack of one) between the dividend-paying company’s country of residence and the U.S. The existence of a treaty also can have an impact on whether the foreign dividend receives the favorable tax treatment afforded to U.S. qualifying dividend income.

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