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Cicciano,

You wrote, I am considering investing in some exchange-traded bonds for some foreign companies (e.g., IGK, CRP, HTN). Does anyone know if the coupons are subject to foreign tax withholding like stocks are (figuring that HTN might be exempt like British companies are)?

I had the same concern before buying INZ and IDG (issues similar to IGK from ING) a couple of months ago. I posted the question on an ING board on Yahoo Finance. One poster came back and said that foreign tax did not apply.

So far I have received one dividend from INZ (IDG was purchased after the last dividend). The account posted exactly 45 cents/share, which is the stated quarterly coupon amount for INZ. So at least ING's issues are paid exempt from foreign taxes; I can't speak for the others, but I suspect all of the EU issues are treated much the same.

- Joel
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