Use Table I if you are an individual and the owner’s designated beneficiary but are not both the owner’s spouse and sole beneficiary. (There are special rules for the owner’s spouse.) Use Table I if you are the owner’s estate or otherwise not an individual and the owner died on or after the required beginning date. (Not to be used in the year of the owner’s death.)
Since the 1996 tax law change, one of the main areas of dispute between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service has been the allocation of “damage awards.” When you, the taxpayer, receive a settlement payment for damages, the tax consequences vary, depending on the type of award received.
TIPS are a type of security offered by the U.S. Treasury that provides protection against inflation. When you purchase a TIP, you will receive the interest payments semi-annually and you will at least receive your original principal amount at maturity, however unlike a regular Treasury bond, the interest and redemption amounts are tied to inflation rates.
Preferred stock is a hybrid security, meaning it is not a stock or a bond. Preferred stock is an equity security that shows ownership in a company. In most cases, preferred stock is offered to the public by the issuing company to acquire another company, or to improve capital and expansion at a time when stockholders and the public are not buying common stock. Unlike common stock, preferred stock does not fluctuate very much in price.