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Subject: Re: MLPs Date: 11/13/2012 11:12 PM
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Each is a little different. It is difficult to give a general answer. But close inspection of their report will probably show that they are paying out cash flow rather than profits. That can happen when they collect funds that are not profits.

I would not worry about it. The excess is return of capital and usually gets treated as such for tax purposes.

Most MLP's give you the right to a specified income stream for a specified period. When the term expires, they have no residual value. Hence, you may lose all value if held to expiration. So usually you want to collect your nice yielding unit payments for a few years and then sell to someone else while the units are still valuable.

Hence, your question is trivial compared to total loss of value due to expiration or demise of the income source.
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