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Tax Proposal has Potential Tax Consequences for Muni Bond ETFs

Per a request by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the Congressional Committee on Taxation released a report including revenue-generating ideas earlier tin October. In that report was a proposal that gained some attention earlier in 2012. That proposal is the repeal of the interest deduction for municipal bonds, a move that if it comes to pass could prove punitive for municipal bond ETFs.Despite a rising number of municipal defaults this year, investors have continued embracing muni bond ETFs as one income-generating avenue. However, decent yields and monthly dividends paid by ETFs such as the Market Vectors High-Yield Muni ETF (NYSE:HYD) and the iShares S&P National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSE:MUB) are only part of the allure of this asset class.Another large part of the equation is the tax benefits. Since the Sixteenth Amendment of the Constitution was adopted almost 100 years ago, the government has opted not to tax interest on tax-exempt muni issues. Should the proposal to tax interest e...

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