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My question would be do those bond tax rules (i.e. accrued market discount or amortization of bond premium etc.) apply to other income instruments like a preferred stock.

The answer is - it depends.

In general, when you sell a preferred stock for more than you purchased it for, or it's redeemed for more than you paid for it, the gain treated as a capital gain, not as interest. Selling/redeeming for less would generally be a capital loss.

That said, there are so many different capital structures for preferred stocks that you need to understand the tax treatment for each one you own, as it may be different. For instance, there are some preferred stocks that are subject to OID (Original Issue Discount), which could have an impact on how some/all of the gain/loss is treated.

AJ
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