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Unformatted text preview: gramme also pay dividends. However, stock repurchase
programmes are temporary and do therefore (unlike dividends) not serve as a long-term commitment to
distribute excess cash to shareholders.
In the absence of taxation, shareholders are indifferent between dividend payments and stock repurchases.
However, if dividend income is taxed at a higher rate than capital gains it provides a incentive for stock
repurchase programmes as it will maximize the shareholder's after-tax return. In fact, the large surge in the
use of stock repurchase around the world can be explained by higher taxation of dividends. More recently,
several countries, including the United States, have reformed the tax system such that dividend income
and capital gains are taxed at the same rate.
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