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January 16, 2003

M$oft Dividend- $38 million Gates tax cut

Microsoft announced its first ever dividend of 16 cents per share and a 2-for-1 stock split.

For Bill Gates, who personally owns 611,749,300 shares, this will give him a dividend of $97.9 million.

Normally, this would be taxed at a 38.6% rate, but with Bush's new tax plan, Gates will save and the Treasury will lose $37.8 million.

A $38 million tax cut for the richest man on earth, while almost half of all tax filers would receive less than $100 in benefits.

Posted by Nathan at January 16, 2003 06:12 PM

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