Starting January 1 of 2013 the top tax rate on dividends in the US will officially become the highest in the developed world. If you live in NY for example, the top rate on stock dividends will be close to 50% – which is significantly higher than France.
…According to JPMorgan, this dividend tax will reduce mature firms’ valuations by $1.5 trillion. That’s going to hit private and state pensions as well as IRA, 401K, and 529 accounts.
And JPMorgan adds:
Capitalizing this foregone capital income generates a $1.5 trillion reduction in equity market value, or about 6% of the $24 trillion value of corporate equities at the end of 2Q. Standard wealth effects suggest this will reduce consumer spending by a little over $50 billion, or about 0.5%.