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On a side note, I gotta wonder why MCHP did this. Maybe the executive staff decided it would benefit them (since I'm sure their dividends are enormous)? It's very odd (to me).

Hopefully this link to another board works. It explains why the dividends were reclassified.

Due to advice from their auditors and tax advisors in January they have reclassified portions of both 2009 and 2010. This was required because they paid out more than their US taxable earnings in those years. The excess is a return of capital. Not taxable to the recipient but reduces the cost basis of the shares.
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