Morningstar, Inc. Commentaries
Apr 4, 2014
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As investors finish their taxes for 2013, many will reflect on their decisions for the year and vow to make more tax-efficient choices in 2014. For closed-end fund investors, this is rarely straightforward. CEFs are more complicated than many other investment vehicles, and their taxable implications aren't always clear. Their distributions often contain several components such as net investment income, realized short-term capital gains, realized long-term capital gains, return of capital, and pass-through return of capital. Keeping all this straight might be difficult but is instrumental in making tax-efficient investment decisions.