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The dividends paid by most common stocks are qualified and are taxed at capital gains rates.

You forgot to qualify that statement with: if you meet the holding time requirement.

And you don't seem to be considering the fact that unless there is a $0 basis in the stock, not all of a stock sale will be taxed, while the entire amount of qualified dividends will be taxed. So even if the rate is the same, the tax liability likely won't be the same.

AJ
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