RESEARCH ESSAY ASSIGNMENT 1 We spent a substantial amount of time in Week 4 discussing the payment and taxation of corporate dividends. Some of this discussion simply begs the question as to how commonplace dividend distributions are in the United States. Utilizing at least three (3) commercial or journal related websites, ascertain and detail how common dividend distributions are in today's economic climate, particularly since the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009. Furthermore, ascertain and analyze whether dividend distributions are concentrated in the companies that are publicly traded (such as the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ) or whether closely held corporations pay them with equal frequency and/or at the same rates. In your analysis, make sure that you discuss and consider the various considerations that each type of corporation (publicly traded and closely held corporations) balance in determining whether to pay dividends, including the tax consequences of doing so.
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