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I think I would rather have dividends exempt on the corporate level, not at the individual level. This would better match the REIT treatment, as well as benefit those of us who have "tax favored" accounts (403(b), Roth IRA, etc.)

If the dividends become exempt at the individual level, it would benefit only those who own dividend paying stocks in a personal (taxable) account, but it would do nothing to encourage investing in tax-favored accounts because dividends inside tax favored accounts would still be double-taxed (taxed at the corporate level and again when we working stiffs retire and take money out of our 403(b) and similar plans).

If one wanted to stimulate the stock market, something that benefits both the 403(b) investor and those making personal (taxable) investments would likely have more of an impact than just the personal investors.
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