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REIT Tax-Equivalent Distribution

REIT Tax-Equivalent Distribution

This calculator will estimate the tax-equivalent distribution (TED) for an investment in a real estate investment trust (REIT). Investments in REITs are not tax free, but rather may be partially tax-deferred. TED, as set forth in this calculator, measures what an investor would have to earn on a fully taxable investment in order to match the distribution generated when a portion of a REIT’s distribution represents return of capital (ROC). This calculator shows a REIT’s hypothetical distribution and how ROC impacts tax equivalent distribution.

Definitions

REIT Distribution Before Taxes
This is the annual distribution of a real estate investment trust (REIT)

Portion of Distributions that Represent Return of Capital
This is the percent of the distributions from a REIT that represent return of capital (ROC). ROC is reported in Box 3 of a REIT’s 1099-DIV. ROC means that part of the distribution is not taxed in the current year, but instead reduces the cost basis of shares. Rather than paying taxes at an investor’s ordinary income tax rate now, investors pay them at the capital gains rate, which is currently lower, when they sell their shares. The amount of ROC, if any, that a REIT has in a year varies.

Estimated Taxable Income
This is your total income, after exemptions, adjustments, and deductions. We use this, along with your filing status, to determine your marginal income tax rate. You can use last year’s tax return as a guide to what your taxable income will be for the current year. Your taxable income can be found on your income tax form 1040 or 1040A. Make sure to increase or decrease the amount to compensate for any changes to your current year’s taxable income.

Federal Tax Filing Status
This is used, along with your taxable income, to determine your Federal marginal income tax rate. The table below lists the Federal income tax rates by income and filing status. We use this table to determine your marginal Federal income tax rate.

Filing Status and Income Tax Rates 2012

Caution: Do not use these tax rate schedules to figure 2011 taxes. Use only to figure 2012 estimates.

Tax rate Married filing jointly
or qualified widow(er)
Single Head of household Married filing separately
10% $0 – 17,400 $0 – 8,700 $0 – $12,400 $0 – 8,700
15% $17,400 – 70,700 $8,700 – 35,350 $12,400 – 47,350 $8,700 – 35,350
25% $70,700 – 142,700 $35,350 – 85,650 $47,350 – 122,300 $35,350 – 71,350
28% $142,700 – 217,450 $85,650 – 178,650 $122,300 – 198,050 $71,350 – 108,725
33% $217,450 – 388,350 $178,650 – 388,350 $198,050 – 388,350 $108,725 – 194,175
35% over $388,350 over $388,350 over $388,350 over $194,175

Source: Revenue Procedure 2011-52 http://www.irs.gov

Information and interactive calculators are made available to you as self-help tools for your independent use and are not intended to provide investment advice. We cannot and do not guarantee their applicability or accuracy in regards to your individual circumstances. All examples are hypothetical and are for illustrative purposes. We encourage you to seek personalized advice from qualified professionals regarding all personal finance issues.